New PDF release: Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who

By Mike Dash

In 1628 the Dutch East India corporation loaded the Batavia, the flagship of its fleet, with a king’s ransom in gold, silver, and gem stones for her maiden voyage to Java; the send itself was once a tangible image of the world’s richest and strongest monopoly.

The corporation additionally despatched alongside a brand new worker to protect its treasure. He was once Jeronimus Corneliszoon, a disgraced and bankrupt guy with nice air of mystery and dangerously heretical principles. With assistance from a number of disgruntled sailors, he hatched a plot to grab the send and her riches. The mutiny may need succeeded, yet at midnight morning hours of June three, 1629, the Batavia smashed via a coral reef and ran aground on a small chain of islands close to Australia. The captain and skipper escaped the destroy, and in a tiny lifeboat they set sail for Java—some 1,500 miles north—to summon aid. greater than 250 worried survivors waded ashore, grateful to be alive. regrettably, Jeronimus and the mutineers had survived too, and the nightmare was once simply starting.

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An instructive case is the mina, first mentioned in known literature by Hipponax of Ephesus (fr. 94 It will be seen at once that nearly all the borrowings are of the kind that are made when ' a district or a people is in possession of some special thing or product wanted by some other nation and not produced in that country. Here quite naturally the name used by the natives is taken over along with the thing. ' 95 The analogy is with our tea from Chinese and coffee from Arabic. Thus we get the early words for gold (imported into Greece before the Thasos and Pangaeum mines were opened up) and for ivory, later for jasper.

Punic Ibnt, Royal Aramaic Ibwnh. Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 26 }6a. THE GREEKS IN THE NEAR EAST ixvppa, myrrh. Cf. Canaanite gloss (Amarna letters) mu-ur-ra, Ugaritic mr, Hebrew mor, Royal Aramaic mwr, Accadian murru, all derived from the Semitic root mrr, to be bitter. xdSos, wine-jar. Cf. Ugaritic kd, Punic kd, Royal Aramic kd, Hebrew kad. I$IKOS, big pot with handles. Possibly related to royal Aramaic bq, potsherd. C. 8t\ros, writing-tablet. Cf. Phoenician dlt, Hebrew delet.

Sennacherib... And he also built the temple of the Athenians [sic], erected bronze pillars, and in inscriptions indeed, so he says, he had engraved his great deeds. He also rebuilt Tarson according to the plan and pattern of Babylon, so that the river Cydnus might flow through Tarson as the Euphrates flows through Babylon.. ,67 Despite their involved pedigree, not much seems to have gone wrong in the transmission of these two passages, apart from the incidental nonsense about the 'temple of the Athenians'.

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