our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness Phaedr. 244a

2011/07/27

old pirates, yes...



Old pirates, yes, they rob I;
Sold I to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit.
But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the Almighty.
We forward in this generation
Triumphantly.
Won't you help to sing
This(not another) songs of freedom
'Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Have no fear for atomic energy,
'Cause none of them can stop the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look? Ooh!
Some say it's just a part of it:
We've got to fullfil the book.
Won't you help to sing
This songs of freedom-
'Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our mind.
Wo! Have no fear for atomic energy,
'Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look?
Yes, some say it's just a part of it:
We've got to fullfil the book.
Won't you have to sing
This songs of freedom? -
'Cause all I ever had:
Redemption songs -
All I ever had:
Redemption songs:
These songs of freedom,
Songs of freedom.
Redemption song ~Bob Marley

Old pirates, yes. Of course --  this is not the sailing of every man.

The Pirates of Cilicia were far more than a mere band of thieves. Rather, the pirates, who numbered at least twenty thousand, formed what amounted to a small nation which at its height controlled the entire Mediterranean Sea. Plutarch's description of the pirates in his Life of Pompey is instructive:

'The power of the pirates had its scat in Cilicia at first . . . then, while the Romans were embroiled in civil wars at the gates of Rome, the sea was left unguarded and gradually drew and enticed them on until they no longer attacked navigators only, but also laid waste islands and maritime cities. . . There were also forti-fled roadsteads and signal-stations for piratical craft in many places, and fleets put ii' here which were not merely furnished for their peculiar work with sturdy crews, skilful pilots, and light and speedy ships, nay, more annoying than the fear which they inspired was the odious extravagance of their equipment, with their gilded sails, and purple awnings, and silvered oars... For, you see, the ships of the pirates numbered more than a thousand, and the cities captured by them four hundred. ... This power extended its operations over the whole of our Mediterranean Sea, making it unnavigable and closed to all commerce.'

"Presently men whose wealth gave them power, and those whose lineage was illustrious, and those who laid claim to superior intelligence, began to mbark on piratical craft and share their enterprises."

(No ordinary pirates, these!)

'...Plutarch here tells us that the pirates had close ties with the upper classes and intelligentsia. It would, therefore, have been quite possible for the teachings of the young astronomical mystery cult of the Tarsian intellectuals to have been transmitted to the pirates. And note that this is especially true in view of the fact that the pirates, like all sailors, were dependent on the stars for the purposes of navigation and would thus very likely have been particularly receptive to religious teachings involving a deity whose essential characteristic was his power over the stars.....
Tarsus, of course, was the the capital city of the province Cilicia and birthplace of St. Paul.

"...perhaps the most significant aspect of life in Tarsus in Hellenistic and Roman times was the existence there of a very important intellectual community, which Sir William Ramsay felt comfortable calling a "university." According to our chief source, Strabo (64 B.c.E.-21 C.E.):

'The people of Tarsus have devoted themselves so eagerly, not only to philosophy, but also to the whole round of education in general, that they have surpassed Athens, Alexandria, or any other place that can be named where there have been schools and lectures of philosophers. But it is so different from other cities that there the men who are fond of learning are all natives, and foreigners are not inclined to sojourn there; neither do these natives stay there, but they complete their education abroad; and when they have completed it they are pleased to live abroad and hut few go back home. . . . Further, the city of Tarsus has all kinds of schools of rhetoric; and in general it not only has a flourishing population but also is most powerful, thus keeping up the reputation of the mother-city.'

It also appears from Strabo's account that the university of Tarsus had an unusually large influence in the political life of the city. He tells us that during the reign of Augustus two of the most important philosophers in the university-first Athenodorus and then Nestor-became the city's political leaders. Thus, says Ramsay, "Tarsus in the reign of Augustus is the one example known in history of a State ruled by a University acting through its successive principals."

(culled from David Ulansey's Origins of Mithraic Mysteries.)

Can't help but note... The 'civilization' now so exclusively attributed to the Christians -- was also carried to them on these decks.

Anyway -- that's the pirate movie I want to see.

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mike:
Love the Ullansey, but that's not the version i would've put (it's not even Marley singing it)... try these...

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=p7pAvbjChQM&NR=1
http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=GnApthgw4Mo&feature=related

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deb

yeah, they're samoans!Adeaze.

Nice Marley. Have those on my ipod.
still was a nice combo -- both those songs together. did you see I Am Legend? Different from the orig novela, but oh, the film so timely and so well done. Art speaks to the times. Will Smith carries it all magnificently.
ariel got to see the wailers on gm campus. still lighting up in many ways!