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By Giorgio de Santillana, Hertha von Dechend

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Hamlet's Mill (first released via Gambit, Boston, 1969) through Giorgio de Santillana (a professor of the background of technology at MIT) and Hertha von Dechend (a scientist at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität) is a nonfiction paintings of historical past and comparative mythology, quite the subfield of archaeoastronomy. it's in most cases in regards to the declare of a Megalithic period discovery of axial precession, and the encoding of this information in mythology.

The booklet was once no longer good got by means of critics, despite the admission of occasional "flashes of insight" it could actually contain.

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Have I mentioned the fact that there’s nothing to eat except asphodel? But I shouldn’t complain. The darker grottoes are more interesting – the conversation there is better, if you can find a minor rascal of some sort – a pickpocket, a stockbroker, a small-time pimp. Like a lot of goody-goody girls, I was always secretly attracted to men of that kind. I don’t frequent the really deep levels much, though. That’s where the punishments are dealt out to the truly villainous, those who were not sufficiently punished while alive.

Then they go to a sort of market inside the palace and buy pictures of these things, or miniature versions of them that are not real silver and gold. That is why I say trash. Under the ancient customs, the huge pile of sparkling wedding loot stayed with the bride’s family, in the bride’s family’s palace. Perhaps that is why my father had become so attached to me after having failed to drown me in the sea: where I was, there would be the treasure. (Why did he throw me in? That question still haunts me.

Oh, that’s only Odysseus,’ said one of the maids. He was not considered – by the maids at least – to be a serious candidate for my hand. His father’s palace was on Ithaca, a goat-strewn rock; his clothes were rustic; he had the manners of a small-town big shot, and had already expressed several complicated ideas the others considered peculiar. He was clever though, they said. In fact he was too clever for his own good. The other young men made jokes about him – ‘Don’t gamble with Odysseus, the friend of Hermes,’ they said.

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