Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Triumphal Arch of Palmyra, Syria – Part 3

Triumphal Arch in District of Columbia – Sept. 26-28, 2018
Palmyra’s Tetraphylon in Columbus, Indiana – Sept. 26-29, 2018
The emperor behind the Palmyra Arch

 A tale of two arches from Palmyra, Syria:  
Triumphal Arch and Tetraphylon

Simultaneous exhibits of two Palmyra arch replicas:
  • -       Triumphal Arch displayed at The National Mall, Washington District of Columbia
  • -       The Tetrapylon presented at Exhibit Columbus National Symposium, Columbus, Indiana

In my previous two blogs I have shared historical information on Palmyra, Syria.  This ancient city on an important trade route of the Fertile Crescent was known as the “Bride of the Desert.” The Greek name for the city, Palmyra is a translation of its original Aramaic name, Tadmor, which means 'palm tree'.  Tadmor is mentioned in the Bible (2 Chronicles 8:4) as a desert city that was fortified by King Solomon.
An oasis in the Syrian Desert, north-east of Damascus, Palmyra contains the monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. From the 1st to the 2nd century, the art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, married Greco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences.
Arch of Triumph of Palmyra, Syria

One of the most recognizable structures in the ancient city of Palmyra (تدمر) is the remarkable monumental arch (قوس النصر). Also known as the triumphal arch or victory arch, it was constructed during the reign of Emperor Septimius Severus, who ruled from 193 to 211.

The arch is particularly impressive from an architectural standpoint, addressing a problem somewhat unique to Palmyra (تدمر). The layout of this ancient city was unusual for the Roman period, as its main streets did not align with the four cardinal points of the compass. The monumental arch (قوس النصر) was constructed at the point of a thirty-degree turn in the main colonnade between the tetrapylon (التترابيل) and the Temple of Bel (معبد بل‎). To solve this problem, the arch incorporated two façades angled apart from one another. Only one of the original arched façades survive, but the overall design is still easy to appreciate. The arch is richly decorated with stone carvings, one of the most lavishly adorned monuments in the city.

Palmyra Arch replica displayed during Biblical Feast Days and celestial events:

London, UK – Passover – April 19-21, 2016
Manhattan/NYC – Feast of Tabernacles/Succoth – September 19-23, 2016 
Dubai, UAE – 2 days after Penumbral Lunar Eclipse - February 12-14, 2017
Florence, Italy – Through Passover - March 27-April 27, 2017
Arona, Italy – Through Pentecost  – April 29-July 30 – extended to Sept 30, 2017 
Washington, D.C. – Feast of Tabernacles/Succoth – September 26—30, 2018
The Hague, Netherlands - Peace Palace - after Fast of Zedekiah - October 17-Nov. 7, 2018
?? Palmyra, Syria   (Paris was also a suggested site)??? – TBA

It’s interesting to note how the newest exhibits continue the trend of displaying the replicas during days that God has set for special observances. The September 2018 arch dates also coincide with UN occasions. 

This blog highlights current events of the following:

  • ·         Triumphal Arch in District of Columbia – Sept. 26-30, 2018
  • ·         Palmyra’s Tetraphylon in Columbus, Indiana – Sept. 26-29, 2018
  • ·         The emperor behind the Palmyra Arch

Sept 24 - Monday Night Full Moon Walk: National Mall Monuments & Memorials
Sept 26-30 - Triumphal Arch on the National Mall in Washington DC

Please join us on the National Mall (at 6th St., between the National Gallery of Art and the Air & Space Museum) next Wednesday, September 26th, at 2:30PM when House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) will jointly unveil the Institute for Digital Archaeology’s* reconstruction of Palmyra’s iconic Triumphal Arch. 
The reconstructed arch, created using state-of-the-art 3D scanning, printing and carving technology, has previously been displayed at New York’s City Hall Plaza, London’s Trafalgar Square, the G7 Summit in Florence and Dubai’s World Government Summit.  The original arch was infamously destroyed by Islamic State Extremists in August, 2015.  The IDA’s reconstructed arch, carved from the same marble as the original, has become an international symbol of resistance to extremist groups who seek to obliterate world history and heritage in favor of their own social, religious and cultural narratives.  Previous installations of the arch have attracted more than 5 million visitors and it has been the subject matter of numerous books, stories and documentaries.

The IDA's Triumphal Arch Unveiled in Washington D.C.
-       Video posted Oct 4: https://youtu.be/mvylakWVi8o
Sept 28 blog: Palmyra’s Arch Frames Democratic Traditions in the Capital

Sept 26-29 –Palmyra’s Tetrapylon Exhibition in Columbus, Indiana 

Coinciding with the Arch of Triumph going up in Washington D.C. (District of Columbia) in the last few days of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) and the blackening of the St. Louis gateway arch, there is another gateway called a Palmyras Tetrapylon going up in Columbus, Indiana through the 26th – 29th of September. Columbus, Indiana has been called mid-century modern architectures “Mecca” and this will be its 6th international stop. 
#NEWPALMYRA will announce the next phase in its evolution to a global audience of architectural enthusiasts at the Exhibit Columbus National Symposium on September 26–29. In this groundbreaking center of Modernist Architecture, Director Barry Threw will give the state of the Project and present the The Tetrapylon, our one-of-a-kind 3D print of Palmyrene cultural heritage, making its sixth stop along its international tour.
Exhibition Columbus National Symposium →
Follow Barry Threw on Twitter →

You know about Palmyra Syria. Did you know about Palmyra Ontario, Palmyra Illinois & Palmyra Missouri.   [plus Palmyra, NY]
The #palmyraverse exists in both the real physical world and together in the virtual augmented reality of #NEWPALMYRA. Post-Blockchain, Total VR, Loading in AR.

https://www.newpalmyra.org/ - https://www.newpalmyra.org/press/

Three Arches:  St. Louis - D.C. – Columbus
It is noteworthy that this arch event is happening at the same time: The St. Louis Arch goes dark on Monday, September 17, and should resume its normal illumination on October 1. At that point, the lights go on at 7 p.m. nightly. (And, for the record, those are new-and-improved lights: 44 outdated fixtures were recently replaced with 26 new-fangled ones, which better focus light on the Arch's legs and also increase energy efficiency.)
Gateway Arch’s exterior lights will be turned off for the last two weeks of September


Arch of Triumph of Palmyra, Syria

The emperor behind the Palmyra Arch

Born on 11 April 145 at Leptis Magna (in present-day Libya) as the son of Publius Septimius Geta and Fulvia Pia,[1] Septimius Severus came from a wealthy and distinguished family of equestrian rank. He had Italian Roman ancestry on his mother's side and descended from Punic – and perhaps also Libyan – forebears on his father's side.[5]  

Leptis Magna (also LepcisBerberLubtaNeo-Puniclpqy) was a prominent city in Roman Libya. Originally a 7th century BC Phoenician foundation, it was greatly expanded under emperor Septimius Severus (r. 193–211), who was a native of the city.  
The ruins of Leptis Magna are located in Khoms, Libya, 130 km (81 mi) east of Tripoli, on the coast where the Wadi Lebda meets the sea. The site is one of best preserved Roman ruins in the Mediterranean.  
 Discover Libya - Leptis Magna - Part 1
This time we are in the archaeological site of Leptis Magna to see the glamour of the Roman city.  - Libyan Arch highlighted 
Part 2: The archaeological site of Leptis Magna shown in 360-degree video for the first time in a full-length documentary.
Leptis Magna, Libia - https://youtu.be/WhbtnxiKVoA

Severus was also distinguished for his buildings. Apart from the triumphal arch in the Roman Forum carrying his full name, he also built the Septizodium in Rome. He enriched his native city of Leptis Magna, including commissioning a triumphal arch on the occasion of his visit of 203. The greater part of the Flavian Palace overlooking the Circus Maximus was undertaken in his reign  

In the late 180s, Julia married the Libyan Roman general Septimius Severus
She was born in Emesa in the Roman province of Syria, into a family of priests of the deity Elagabalus. 
 Julia Domna was born in Emesa (modern day Homs) in Syria around 160 AD[1] to a family of Arab descent. 
Her name, Domna, is an archaic Arabic word that means black. She was the youngest daughter of the high-priest of Ba'al, Gaius Julius Bassianus and sister to Julia Maesa. Through her sister and Maesa's husband Julius Avitus, Julia Domna had two nieces: Julia Soaemias and Julia Mamaea, the respective mothers of Elagabalus and Severus Alexander, two future Roman emperors.[8]
Julia's ancestors were Priest Kings of the famous temple of Elagabalus. The family had enormous wealth and was promoted to Roman senatorial aristocracy. Before her marriage, Julia inherited the estate of her paternal great-uncle Julius Agrippa, a former leading Centurion.[8]
The marriage proved happy, and Severus cherished Julia and her political opinions, since she was very well-read and a student of philosophy. They had two sons, Caracalla (Lucius Septimius Bassianus) in 188 and Geta (Publius Septimius Geta) in 189.[9]  

When Severus died in 211 in Eboracum (York), Julia became the mediator between their two sons, Caracalla and Geta, who were to rule as joint emperors, according to their father's wishes expressed in his will. The two young men were never fond of each other and quarrelled frequently. Geta was murdered by Caracalla's soldiers in the same year

Empress Julia Domna, who was herself from the province of Syriadecided to popularize him and his teachings in Rome.  
Apollonius was born into a respected and wealthy Greek family.[2][3] Although the precise dates of his birth and death are uncertain, most scholars agree that he was a contemporary of Jesus of Nazareth. His primary biographer, Philostratus the Elder (circa 170 – c. 247), places him circa 3 BC – c. 97 AD.[1][4]  
For that purpose, so these same scholars believe, she commissioned Philostratus to write the biography, in which Apollonius is exalted as a fearless sage with supernatural powers, even greater than Pythagoras. This view of Julia Domna's role in the making of the Apollonius legend gets some support from the fact that her son Caracalla worshipped him,[12] and her grandnephew emperor Severus Alexander may have done so as well.[13]
Apollonius was also a known figure in the Islamic world.[14]

During the last three years of his life, Severus lived in the town of York (in the Roman province of Britannia). The town, then called Eboracum, served as a good base for an Emperor to push back Caledonians (from Scotland) who were attacking Rome's interests in northern Britannia. As a result, York (during those years) became one of the most important cities in the world.

After serving nearly eighteen years as Rome’s emperor, Severus died (in Britannia, today’s England) during 211 AD. His body was burned on a pyre, in York. 
This image, of a wooden tondo, depicts the imperial family and is currently maintained at the Altes Museum (in Berlin). We see Septimius Severus and his wife Julia Domna (who died in 217, six years after her husband), their son Caracalla (who became Rome’s Emperor in 211) and their son Geta (whose image was erased after Caracalla had his brother killed).

Leptis Magna highlighted in new exhibit in Paris
Arab World Institute in Paris - Exhibit Oct 10 - Feb 10
Age old cities - A virtual journey from Palmyra To Mosul
Mosul, Aleppo, Palmyra, and Leptis Magna: the names resonate as symbols of a mythical ancient heritage and of brilliant civilizations, but also as so many martyred sites, disfigured by recent conflicts ...

Ephesians 6:12 

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
 but against principalities, against powers, 
against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
 against spiritual wickedness in high places.



Arch & National Mall additions:


I was honored to help unveil a replica of the Monumental Arch of Palmyra on the National Mall yesterday. The real arch stood for close to two thousand years until, in an attempt to erase Syria's history, ISIS destroyed it in 2015. –ER

Arch / Capitol / Monument / Sign – Sept 28

Let the Triumphal Procession Begin

444 Triumphal Arch. Spiritual War! Kavanaugh Trump Jesuits.The Ends Justify the Means!

September 18 - A week before the Arch was set up facing the US Capitol.

September 18–22 to commemorate the victory of Constantine over Licinius at Chalcedon in 324.[1]  
 In the Roman Empire of the 4th century, the Ludi Triumphales ("Triumphal Games") were games (ludi) held annually 

225 years ago George Washington laid the #USCapitol cornerstone:
Photos from the 225th Anniversary of the Laying of the #USCapitol Cornerstone ceremony in National Statuary Hall
The cornerstone was laid on Wednesday, September 18, 1793, during the first large public event staged in the federal city.
U.S. Capitol Cornerstone 225th Anniversary
On September 18, 1793, freemasons including President George Washington placed the cornerstone for the U.S. Capitol building in a Masonic ritual that included corn, oil and wine. In this program, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society hosted a ceremonial re-enactment in honor of the 225th anniversary.
On the evening of September 18, our Grand Master, Richard J. Bautista, along with members of the Grand Lodges of DC, Maryland, Virginia, and DC (Prince Hall Affiliated) rededicated the cornerstone of the United States Capitol in commemoration of the same ceremony that was originally led by Worshipful Bro. George Washington 225-years ago. The event was televised live on CSPAN. (You can see the broadcast in full here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?451601-1/225th-anniversary-laying-capitol-cornerstone)
Along with the re-dedication, Members of Congress and representatives from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and George Washington’s Mount Vernon spoke, and members of our founding Lodges were in attendance along with Masonic relics associated with George Washington (including the Washington Gavel from Potomac Lodge No. 5 and the bible used at Washington's funeral from Federal Lodge No. 1).
   200th Birthday Celebration of U.S. Capital: Laying of the Cornerstone

Sept. 21-23 - The weekend before the Arch was displayed 
(during Yom Kippur / Day of Atonement).

TRUTH be told - melting away @ National Mall

Truth ice sculpture melting away …. erosion of TRUTH

Quite the image - TRUTH melting away!! 
Sept 21-23 on 3rd Ave / Arch on 6th on the National Mall
Friday, September 21, at 6:30 PM poets and writers
Truth Be Told will be unveiled at 11 AM, Saturday, September 22
Truth Be Told concludes Sunday, September 23 at 1 PM
Arch location on National Mall (at 6th St., between the National Gallery of Art and the Air & Space Museum)
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will help lead a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission
Join us for a year-long celebration … #Apollo50. Learn more: http://Apollo50.si.edu 
"Apollo Pursuing Daphne"
National Gallery of Art @ngadc  Sep 30
Artist Glenn Ligon is best known for intertextual works that re-present American history and literature, like his 1988 work "Untitled (I Am a Man)".

This too:
Sept 8 - People gather at the National Mall for 'Mother of All Rallies'

Emotional warfare in DC coincides with Arch unveiling! “Truth” unknown
Roman Triumphal Arch in front of the US Capitol - governing body in the middle of The National Mall.
·  Supreme Court nomination hearing / "Peace" proclaimed at UN
·  Sukkot / Feast of Tabernacles
Sept. 26, 2018 - Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh hearings 
Sept. 29, 2018 - Senate vote at Capitol

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee

Built for Roman Emperor Septimius Severus (Italian/Libyan); wife, daughter of a Syrian high-priest of Ba'al
“The real Arch of Bel (Baal)”
Good blog explaining the differences in the two arches and how the IDA did post images on their website of the arch of the Temple of Baal at first, but later changed to the Triumphal Arch.

The Arches entrance is really their exit.
The Arch of Palmyra and the Entrance - Exit Observation 


Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good.
The one who does good is of God;
the one who does evil has not seen God.
3 John 1:11

“Victory / Triumph” signs in Washington, DC - Supreme Court
June 26, 2015 to Sept. 26, 2018 
1188 days / 3 years, 3 months

2 visual proclamations in DC both involving the Supreme Court

The Palmyra Roman Triumphal Arch replica has become an international symbol of resistance to extremist groups who seek to obliterate world history and heritage in favor of their own social, religious and cultural narratives.
Sep 26, 2018 - Triumphal Arch set up on National Mall (Supreme Court nominee hearing and vote)
Jun 26, 2015 - White House lit with rainbow colors - US Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage in all states and territories. 
It is 1188 days from the start date to the end date, but not including the end date
Or 3 years, 3 months 

It is 1918 days from the start date to the end date, but not including the end date
Or 5 years, 3 months
It is 730 days from the start date to the end date, but not including the end date
Or 2 years
September 18, 1793, freemasons including President George Washington placed the cornerstone for the U.S. Capitol 
 It is 80,999 days from the start date to the end date, but not including the end date
Or 221 years, 9 months, 8 days

LoveWins: Marriage Equality in the United States
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court took a huge step forward in our progress toward a more perfect union. "... slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt."
The Obama White House Published on Jun 26, 2015 https://youtu.be/X9bZ1eQgVGI
June 26, 2013 - https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/doma-statement

President Obama FULL Speech: Same Sex marriage ruling is 'a victory for America'
Obama: 'A big step in our march toward equality' - WASHINGTON — President Obama 's first reaction to the Supreme Court decision requiring states to recognize same-sex marriage came, of course, in a tweet. President Barack Obama declared Friday that the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide is "a victory for America."From the White House Rose Garden, he said that social progress sometimes is slow, "and then there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt."
"America should be very proud," he said.

In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court declares state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional and effectively legalizes it across the United States. 
·         Obergefell v. Hodges576 U.S. ___ (2015) The Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex with all the accompanying rights and responsibilities and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.
 Decided on June 26, 2015, Obergefell overturned Baker and requires all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize same-sex marriages validly performed in other jurisdictions.
While the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United States, as of June 21, 2017, nine counties in Alabama and Texas still do not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ephesians 6:12

Arch of Triumph of Palmyra, Syria – Tammy’s Blogs
Part 1 – April 2016 – Sept 30, 2017 – London, Manhattan, Dubai, Florence, Arona
Part 2 – Timeline review – Palmyra, Carrara, Italy, Marble, Florence, Arona, Insights
Part 3 – Sept. 2018 – D.C., Columbus, Illinois and Roman Emperor Septimius Severus
Part 4 - Oct.-Nov., 2018 – The Hague, The Netherlands, International Court, Syrian Heritage