17 January 2009

What's so valuable?

Talked to Richard this week about a possiblity of smuggling silver as lead type. It would be possible, but not worthwhile. It just isn't valuable enough. Then there is using the formula to mimic silver, but again, there isn't enough difference between the value of the lements to make the work worthwhile.

The value has to come in one of three(??) areas.
  • The actual monetary value of the hidden treasure, as in Hypnerotamachia Polyphilli or Templar Treasure or El Dorado.

  • The value of the secret itself to the keeper, like Nicolas Flamel & The Philosopher's Stone, location of the Fountain of Youth, The Holy Grail

  • The value is in the negative power of the object or its ability to control others, be used as a weapon, or change the way people believe. Examples are The Lost Ark, Atomic Bomb, Lead into Gold, DaVincia Code.

The story is about books. Possibly the greatest "book event" prior to Gutenberg was the destruction of the Library of Alexandria. Is it possible that the books of Alexandria were actually removed before Caesar's visit and that the buring was staged as a condemnation of Caesar's barbaric invasion? If so, where did the books go? The Library of Alexandria was built in the beginning of the 4th century BCE reign of Ptolemy I. It was burned in 48 BCE.

Constantinople: Built on the site of the ancient Byzantium (original construction around 671-662BCE) and was made the capital of the Roman empire by Constantine in May 330 CE. In 534CE, the Temple treasure of Jerusalem, looted by Romans in 70CE, was recaptured from Carthage and taken to Constantinope where it was deposited at the Church of St. Polyeuctus. It was eventually returned to Jerusalem.

The First Nicean Council was in 325 CE
Anthansius, Bishop of Alexandria listed the current canon in his works in 367 CE.

  1. Where did all the books go?

  2. Did Gutenberg see them or know where they were and secret that information in his text?

  3. Does this conflict with the treasure of The Templars?