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Book Review: Odyssey of the Gods:The History of Extraterrestrial Contact in Ancient Greece by Erich von Daniken

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Odyssey of the Gods:The History of Extraterrestrial Contact in Ancient Greece by Erich von Daniken takes a dispassionate look at Ancient Greece and challenges our assumptions about how Western Civilization evolved over the centuries. Could there have been otherworldly interventions to explain the facts presented in Odyssey of the Gods?

In Plato’s writings, such as the dialogues Timaeus and Critias, one can read about the eradication of whole countries and cities, so that small groups survived in mountainous regions only. These survivors preserved the art of pottery, making clothing, simple weapons manufacture and hunting/gathering. The use of metals was taught to the survivors by the gods.

In the area of the “pyramids of Argolis” is the “block house.” This is a square structure built of dressed stone beams. Parts of the construction are very similar to gigantic walls as far away as Peru. At both places, the stonework is not composed of monoliths cut at a 90 degree angle. The blocks are interjoined in a highly complex fashion with many corners — secure against earthquakes and violent earth movements. Even the pyramids have a structure; whereupon, each of three sides is counterbalanced during earthquakes so that the entire structure has withstood the centuries.

The machine of Anticythera is now in the Greek Museum in Athens. The metal parts consist of pure bronze or copper-tin alloys of varying compositions. There are small amounts of gold, nickel, arsenic, sodium, iron and antimony. The Greek letters gave absolute proof that the instrument had an astrological utility.

There were over 30 cogwheels of different sizes interconnected with one another and fastened to a copper plate by means of small axles. The mechanism had differential wheels which allowed star positions to be read off on a scale with millimeter lines. The mechanism allowed the moon’s position in relation to the sun and earth to be computed.

On the Island of Malta, there are rail-like tracks everywhere. Some of the tracks vanish into the Mediterranean itself.  Eighteen-thousand years ago, the surface of the Mediterranean was one hundred fifteen feet lower than today. In those days, the entrance to the underground caves was on land. The water-level has risen substantially.

Plato writes about a special metal called orichalcum which came from Poseidon and was used exclusively on Atlantis. Orichalcum glistened like gold, was thin as a wafer and similar to gold. Metal sheets have been found with a thin, paperlike
alloy of gold in the highlands of Ecuador.

Erich von Daniken created Chariots of the Gods, which changed the way we look at mythology. Now, he has conjured up marvelous facts, monuments, and rare metal wonders to challenge how we view the evolution of Greece and its considerable literature from Aristotle to Plato and others. Odyssey of the Gods is a wonderful story told from the perspective of a writer and very carefully constructed scientific facts woven together to help explain the mysteries of the centuries.

Both Chariots of the Gods and Odyssey of the Gods are weak in providing the reader with evidence of aliens. These works would be more convincing if they explained the linchpin between the aliens and the unexplained physical phenomena on the ground. One possible explanation is that aliens navigate our solar system routinely by entering from outside the three known dimensions. The practical problem would be to prove the existence of another dimension and re-create the entry/exit points. Some have theorized that “black holes” represent
the entry and exit points.

Was there really extraterrestrial contact in Ancient Greece? Readers can argue about this aspect by pointing to strange artifacts and engineering feats traced back to ancient times. Once again, a linc-pin is needed between the artifacts
and the aliens.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.