Another King of Pontus Climbs the Steps

"He posed an existential threat to Rome and enjoyed an immunity to poison." -- comment about Mithridates VI, King of Pontus who lived circa 100 B.C.

Here's a video that shows the lighter side of Putin at the opening ceremony of the Artek Kids Camp in Crimea last week. Putin has made it clear in numerous speeches and interviews that his aim is to encourage the growth of strong family units in Russia. The re-vitalization of the Artek summer camp program is a step in that direction.

However the real reason I wanted to post this blog was because of this passed-over tidbit as published by Xinhua. After opening the Artek events, Putin went on to visit the ancient Crimean landmark known as the Great Mithridates Staircase on Mt. Mithradit, a hill that keeps watch over the Strait of Kerch.

"During his trip, Putin asked Aksyonov to speed up the reconstruction of the Great Mithridates Staircase, a landmark cultural relic in Crimea."

What is the "Great Mithridates Staircase" and why might this have a special symbolism in Putin's vision of the future?

Mithridates VI, King of Pontus

Mt. Mithridat is a hill in the city of Kerch, Crimea, that attains an elevation of 300 feet. A stone staircase of 428 steps has fallen into a bit of disrepair but you can still walk up to the summit. This is the staircase that Putin has taken such an interest in. The view from the summit is spectacular and it's reported that, on some days, you can see all the way to the Caucasus Mountains as it overlooks the waterway. It's easy to see why an ancient king would regard such an outpost as a strategic point of defense.

This hill used to house a museum, but it was destroyed during the Crimean War. Today it provides the setting for a memorial, the Obelisk of Glory, dedicated to the soldiers who defended Kerch during WWII. Putin takes the preservation of Russian history very seriously. To this day, Russian authorities are engaged in a war of words and monuments with Ukraine to preserve the truth of the last century.

The story of Mithridates the Great made me wonder if Putin also sees a mirror of his own situation with this King of Pontus. The domain of Pontus basically covered that area south and east of the Black Sea with Crimea being just about its northernmost point. At its height, the kingdom extended through parts of Turkey. Pontus was friendly with her neighbor, Armenia. Mithridates VI descended from quite a multicultural bloodline, including that of Cyrus the Great, and proved to be a thorn in the side to the dominant Roman Empire of his day. He faced down three prominent Roman generals, the last of whom, Pompey, finally conquered him in 63 B.C.

Mithridates is the king from whom we derive the word "mithridate," a concoction that contains an antidote to every poison. Those of you who are fans of the movie "The Princess Bride" will remember how the hero vanquished Vizzini via a trick built upon his own built-up immunity to the fictional iocane powder. King Mithridates actually was famous for his ability to withstand poison, he also having built up an immunity. In fact, as defeat and betrayal began to loom large for him, he tried to commit suicide by poison several times, but was unsuccessful. He finally had to get his bodyguard to kill him by the sword. So, in the minds of his contemporaries, a reputation had spread of his unkillable-ness.

What Mithridates VI is militarily known for is is his lifelong opposition to the encroaching empire of Rome. In this short video by a historian, the speaker comments that Mithridates the Great "posed an existential threat to Rome." Mithridates did not hold back from terrorizing thousands of Roman citizens within his domain just to force the Roman overlords to recede. The article at Wikipedia states that he "followed a decisive anti-Roman agenda, extolling Greek and Iranian culture against ever-expanding Roman influence."

My oh my ... doesn't THAT sound familiar? NATO, are you listening?

Vladimir Putin is a smart man. A wise person will use history lessons to keep himself from being fooled twice. Coincidentally, the ancient Silk Road was reaching its zenith during the reigns of the Mithridat dynasty. Here we are in the year 2017 watching the new and improved version embark on its own journey through history during Putin's lifetime. I'm sure that the Russian president is keeping an eye on would-be betrayers of his own inner circle.

I wonder what would have happened if King Mithridates had turned his face eastward to his trading partner in the Far East and whispered to the emperor, "You know, those lunatics in Rome are spending everything they make on their army. It's just a matter of time before they implode from their own economic malfeasance. And then, when that happens, well ...."

I guess we'll just have to watch and find out who, ultimately, will get to symbolically climb that Great Staircase of Mithridates.

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Bankster Slayer

"When I look back on all the crap I learned in high school, it's a wonder I can think at all." -- the "Kodachrome" song by Paul Simon, 1973

I grew up in a quiet, small, city east of the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County, in Palmdale, California. I'm not quite old enough to remember the assassination of JFK, but do remember the assassination of Brother Bobbie on an early summer's day. I was finishing up my first grade at the elementary school just up the street from our suburbia house. Maybe that was when I became self-aware that something wasn't right. When I saw the events of that day unfolding on our new color TV, I remember a thought passing through my 6.5 year old mind. And silly me assumed that everybody else was also holding this same belief because it seemed so obvious to me:


"The President and his brother must have been killed by the same people."

I don't know how a little first-grader was able to come up with that conclusion. That certainly wasn't the sort of idea you would expect to be rumbling around the brain of a little kid. But it kept rumbling in mine and still does, to this day.

The people of my generation passed through the Space Race, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Disco Era, Yuppies, the World Wide Web, and Irrational Exuberance. Throughout this entire period, a relentless Matrix Machine has been whirring in the background of our lives, unnoticed and largely unchallenged. In fact, that Machine has been whirring for centuries.

I guess it was inevitable that the 6.5 year old kid who once questioned the official doctrine of the Kennedy assassinations would one day swallow her own Red Pill. And so I did, following the 2008 Crash, as I watched the financial lives of my parents and myself collapse into disaster as the equity of our homes evaporated into the dry Arizona air.

I finally came to that moment as have so many readers and contributors of Rogue Money, that day when you finally stop and ask "Why did this happen?" I started reading, researching, listening. Gradually the bricks of The Matrix began to crumble. The monstrous beast was no longer hidden from view. 

And so I join this team of writers and readers who are all trying to Slay the Bankster Beast in their own way. We carry on with confidence because no Evil has ever stood forever against the onslaught of Truth. Undaunted, we move forward.

You will find that my contributions to the Rogue Money web site will focus on the deep history that created The Matrix in the first place. In other words, you won't find any opinion forthcoming on this-or-that presidential election ... unless you are talking about the overthrow of regimes 2- or 3- thousand years ago. In that case, I might be interested!

I make no apologies if what you hear steps on the toes of a long-cherished paradigm. I am just A Messenger. In fact, you will find that my blogs will invite your comments to provide additional pieces of information that perhaps you may have gleaned from your own research. I have many holes that need filling.

You've been told what, how, when, and where to think your whole life. I leave it up to you to exercise your own Mind and take appropriate Action to slay the monster for yourself.

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