My highschool was a very particular education: the gymnasium beta old style. That meant 13 examination subjects, including 6 languages (Greek, Latin, English, French, German and Dutch) despite the fact that it was a beta education, focusing on mathematics, physics and chemics!
My diploma did not say: “graduated” (from highschool), but “admitted” (to university).
The school was a remnant of the idea of educating children to become renaissance men, with a very broad world view, and definitely as a basis for further education at the university.
I think this site kind of proves that the school did a good job!
I have always remained fascinated by the ancient civilisations, especially the really old ones: the Egyptean and Mycenean periods. This inspired me to dig deeper into two subjects, both leading to revolutionary theories about the past.
I hope you enjoy them!
The Cheops Pyramid
I was really excited by the book “The Orion Mystery” by Robert Duval, a Belgian-Egyptean engineer, about the spiritual world of the ancient Egypteans, and the way they expressed that world in their buildings. As a member of the first email listings about the subject at the time (we are talking about the nineties) I got to think about the great pyramid and the way it was built. That resulted in a rather fabulous theory! Even if I am completely wrong, it still is a nice theory!
Where on earth is Ithaca?
Another book that really inspired me was the first version of the book “Where on earth is Ithaca?” by Cees Goekoop in 1990. Goekoop had read the Odyssee by Homer as a nautical instruction and found out where the beloved homeland of Odysseus actually was, 3000 years ago. A magnificent quest, with loads of proof!
Traveling through Greece with the book in my hand in 2006, finding all the landmarks that I once had read in the Odyssee, was astonishing!
When I found out that the Greek were building appartments right where the palace of Odysseus must have been, completely unaware of that because the book was in Dutch, I decided that an English translation had to be made and published on internet. Cees Goekoop agreed, and we made and published a revised version in English.
If you are interested: for educational purposes I can provide you with the books for just the transport costs.
I plan to make a nice page about the Ithaca question, for now there is just the announcement of the book.
I have given presentations about the book to schools and interested other groups, and when I do, I present a remarkable theory about the location of ancient Ithaca that is different than the original theory of Cees Goekoop. During the almost 4 years we worked on the book, mr Goekoop never agreed with me, but the week before the book was published, he called me and said that he decided that I was actually right, and that he had made a very subtle but essential change to the book…
Did I tickle your curiosity now?
Homer’s Ithaca harbour and palace location nowadays….
My old highschool in Breda