The Roman Empire has Landed in Mexico

The burials

That Christopher Columbus had discovered hot water in 1492 by now we should read in school books as early as elementary school, because, although not officially recognized, my thesis, and that of many others, fortunately, concerning Mediterranean civilizations landed in the Americas well before colombo, there are the Vikings, or better still call them Norse, who landed on the island of Newfoundland as early as the 10th century, at least 500 years earlier! Obviously, as always, woe to change history, least of all in this case where the church was behind Columbus, let alone give this primacy to a handful of raiding assassins, as the Norsemen were defined, as if they were a second-class civilization; even today it is not recognized as a real discovery but more considered more of a hit and run. And perhaps it was not a hit and run the arrival of some Mediterranean civilization in the Americas in who knows what moment in history, I found dozens of parallels with different cultures of the old world and pre-Columbian cultures, in particular with the civilization of ancient Egypt, and today I want to consider a contact between the Roman Empire and Greek culture with the usual Maya and Olmec. The first consideration is not just the tombs in terracotta pots found in the Mayan city of Comalcalco, in the state of Tabasco in Mexico, as also reported by the journalist Rai Elio Cadelo in his book “When the Romans went to America”, very similar to the burials found throughout the Mediterranean basin. The Mayan tombs are completely different, this is the only case in the whole empire, and even in neighboring cultures this practice of inserting the dead in large clay pots or jars was not used, and more and more thousands and thousands of terracotta bricks have been found in the city of Comalcalco used to build the most varied structures, even this more Mediterranean than Mayan practice, two oddities in a single archaeological site. Below we see an example of what we are talking about, the first on the left is a vase found in Comalcalco, and on the right one of the tombs of the Roman period.

The forbidden fruit

Above we have seen Mediterranean customs in a Mayan city in Mexico, below instead different representations of the pineapple, a typical plant of Central and South America, found in different places of the Roman Empire. How did this plant end up in the hands of a Roman child from 300 BC? Roman statue preserved in the Museum of History and Art in Geneva. And how is it possible to see it again in a mosaic, always from the Roman era, of course, in a fruit basket belonging to some emperor? Mosaic exhibited at the Palazzo Massimo Museum taken from the thermal baths of Rome. Or like the pineapple in the last photo, also exhibited in a museum in Rome, this is a fruit that shouldn’t exist in the Roman territory, a pre-Columbian Oopart.

The fallen

So far we have seen objects and customs in inverted places, now we see how these cultures also present the same figures, such as in the first photo above and in the first one below, where there are in both collages the same figures in the exact same way. Often these poses are associated with yoga, for me they could also represent the “Fallen”, divinities descended from the sky and shown in the act of flight, in any case it would be the finger and moon, both show identical style and shapes, not only , in both collages these figures have been placed on censer caps, and it would be logical to think more of an offering for the Gods who went down to earth than of characters doing yoga.

Snakes and knots

Here it is difficult to relegate all these similarities to the fruit of chance, what we are seeing is a bracelet from the Greek Roman period of 300 BC and an Olmec knot from 1300 BC made of stone to legitimize royalty. The knot of Heracles sealed the immortal union, known and used as an amulet also in ancient Egypt, and it is not by chance that it is accompanied by two snakes.

Here is again the knot of Heracles both in a Greek-Roman bracelet and in a Mayan vase from 600 AD, but this time we also find the two snakes in the vase, and in the direction of the knot. in ancient times the symbols had a great importance, it was not a trivial embellishment of the object, whoever observed it read a message.

This is another rather curious similarity: two practically identical stone snakes! For Mexico we have an exhibit of the Mezcala culture, state of Guerrero, dated ca. in 500 BC and kept at the LACMA Museum in Los Angels, the lowest snake comes from Mycenae and is dated to 1280 BC, kept at the Archaeological Museum of Mycenae, Greece. Isn’t it curious to see two such works in two cultures that are so distant and uncontacted? maybe not, and we’ll see later.

And finally a series of deities with two snakes in their hands, three figures representing the same thing. Starting from the left we find a figure always from the Mexican state of Guerrero, a dancer with snakes ca. 1000-500 BC (LACMA Museum), in the center the goddess of snakes found in the palace of Knossos dated ca. in 1600 BC Greece (Archeological Museum of Heraklion), and lastly on the right the Goddess of ancient Egypt Isis, with the crown of feathers on her head and also wrapped in two snakes on her arms, Ptolemaic period 1st century BC, now at Walter Art Museum. Three identical figures, identical snake sculptures, same knots, graves, tiles, and pineapples, is that enough to open a “case”?