Book Review: Where Troy Once Stood by Iman Wilkens
"Now there are fields where Troy Once Stood..."
This is an outstanding research work which puts the epic poetry of Homer in a new and realistic setting. The author, Iman Wilkens, had a fascination with Homer since childhood, and later made an indepth study that is the subject of this book. He discovered the poems were oral Celtic tales told 400 years before they were written by the Greeks. The Trojan war was not set in the Mediterranean as has been largely claimed by academics, but is set in East Anglia, between the tribes of Western Europe and the tribes of Britain. Place names and river names, wind directions, time frames, constellations (which are still in use today), coats of arms, etc., were used to identify the true origin of the story. All information was meaningful; numbers, colours, names, deities, all were necessary but hidden threads under the guise of an entertaining story. The Odyssey shows sea charts, the Iliad, the history of the Trojan War, and the reason for it is not the abduction of a beautiful,woman, but a highly desired and extremely rare metal deposit.
At the time, all known sources of tin, needed to make bronze, had been exhausted, with the exception of the tin mines of Cornwall. The sea routes to the only source of this tin needed to be kept secret, and the map was for use only by trusted initiates who were taught to decipher the secret code. The Odyssey gives the routes and the stages of initiation. The Iliad is the historical story. Zierikee in the Netherlands is where Circe, the initiatory Goddess, had her mystery school. Egypt was not called Egypt in ancient times but Misr. Egypt was in reality Northern France; Crete was Scandinavia; Ithaca was Southern Spain; Lesbos was the Isle of Wight; Libya was South western France; Scylla and Charabdis were in the Solent; the Isle of Phaeacians was Lanzarote; Syria was Ireland! Perhaps the most exciting of Wilkens' theory is that the Trojan war was fought in East Anglia amongst those who wished to take over the tin mines and the Gog Magog hills in Cambridgeshire are the site of that great battle. Was a 'nil' a place of Druidic rites? Is there a Celtic initiation site at Vlissungen? Is Homer's story the oldest search for the Grail? Was Delft the original Delphi? Did Circe turn the sailors into pigs with the use of hallucinogenic drugs? Was the journey to Hades an initiation into the mysteries? Was Zeeland a sacred Land? Was Odysseus from Southern Spain and Achilles from the Netherlands? Was Homer originally an initiate from the Zeeland mystery school, who travelled through southern Spain, to Normandy and then returned home to die? Does his name mean 'loved one'? Was Homer a Celtic bard and mariner? Were the Greek pantheon inherited from the Celts? Did the experience of the voyage of hardship, confusion, distress, exhaustion and seasickness mirror an inner world near death experience? Does the name Odysseus mean 'path to god'?
In ancient times, women were teachers of many arts, sciences and of enlightenment and wisdom. The loom, the labyrinth, the mandala and the spiders web are all related to the Goddess Circe, whose house was known as Syon or Sion. A remarkable study with incredible connections. Highly Recommended! Review by Wendy Stokes