The hero, as a thankoffering, dedicated twenty horses to AEscupapius. In Mediaeval legends we find this ancient Greek hero transformed into an early Christian martyr under the name of St. Thus he ascended to Heaven accompanied by20 comapnions, himself making the 21st member of the band. We therefore find this legend incorporating the peculiarly popular Triad number of 21, and cannot fail to note that the Classical prototype of the Sait dedicated the same number of horses to AEsculapius. There are good reasons for suspecting that Hippolytus was originally a sacred horse, and not a human being.
Now the substitute for a man in the case of Dionysus was a bull, and according to the Classical legend it was a bull which caused the death of Hippolytus, may it not be that here we have a dim tradition of the sacriic e of a horse and an ox in Europe, one offered to Heaven and the other to Earth, or the Underworld? It will be noticed that in both cases there is a tradition of a God-man who was slain and rose from the grave, while the Hung ritual deals with the journey of the dead through the Underworld.
We may not as yet be able to decide on this point, but it is certainly worth considering, for with Hipploytus were often associated Orestes and Diomede. Further, the cleansing water was drawn from a sacred fountain nearby, which was called the Horse fountain, and so we may suspect that Orestes was originally washed in the blood of a horse, just as in teh rites of Cybele candidates were washed in the blood of a bull to cleanse them from their sins.
But if Hippolytys was originally a sacred horse, was he white? There seems good reasons for thinking that he was. Here they wer offere wont to sacrifice a white horse in his honour, In short, we may suspect that Diomede and Hippolytus were originally closely associated, if not identical. If nay Prince thought that he was entitled to be regarded as Overlord of all India he set loose a horse which was followed by an army. Before the horse set out on its journey it was consecrated by means of a series of cermonies, of whichh one particularly important from our standpoint.
Now it will be reembered that in the story of Yudishthira, and also in that of the Red Skin Warrior, the hero entered Paradise accompanied by his dog, who alone had gone the whole way with him. Therefore the horse in teh Asvamedha was in like manner accompanied by a dog when it, too, entered Paradise. If the horse originally represented a man we should have an almost exact parallel with these two legends, and the fact that one of thelegends is Hindu strengthens the position.
May it not be that symbolically the dog represents Duty, which is fulfilled by the sacrifice fo the horse?
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Among the historical kings who performed the Asvamedha, or Horse Sacrifice, were Pushyamitra, Samudragupta, Kumaragupta, and several others. Menawhile the Priests and women took part in a series of questions and answers, usually of a very free nature. That there is an inner, mystical meaning attached to the 21 who entered the boat is doubtless true….
Irk Bitig, a 10th-century manuscript found in Dunhuang is one of the most important sources for Turkic mythology and religion. This book is written in Old Turkic alphabet like the Orkhon inscriptions. As a result of the nomad culture, the Horse is also one of the main figures of Turkic mythology; Turks considered the horse an extension of the individual -though generally dedicated to the male- and see that one is complete with it.
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During his reign, he crushed every part of the empire under the weight of his iron scepter. Old as well as new taxes were at the same time levied in the provinces. In the course of this history, the land tax, the taxes for services and the heavy contributions of corn, wine, oil and meat were exacted from the provinces for the use of the court, army and capital.
This noxious weed not totally eradicated again sprang up with the most luxurious growth and going forward darkened the Roman world with its deadly shade.
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In reality, the rise to power of the Emperor Maximin , whose cruelty was derived from a different source being raised as a barbarian from the district of Thrace, expanded the distress on the empire beyond the confines of the illustrious senators or bold adventurers who in the court or army exposed themselves to the whims of fortune. This tyrant, stimulated by the insatiable desires of the soldiers, attacked the public property at length.
Every city of the empire was destined to purchase corn for the multitudes as well as supply expenses for the games. By the Emperor's authority, the whole mass of wealth was confiscated for use by the Imperial treasury — temples stripped of their most valuable offerings of gold, silver and statues which were melted down and coined into money. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
The fourth and final Horseman is named Death. Unlike the other three, he is not described carrying a weapon or other object, instead he is followed by Hades the resting place of the dead.
However, illustrations commonly depict him carrying a scythe like the Grim Reaper , sword,  or other implement. Based on uses of the word in ancient Greek medical literature, several scholars suggest that the color reflects the sickly pallor of a corpse. The verse beginning "they were given power over a fourth of the earth" is generally taken as referring to Death and Hades,   although some commentators see it as applying to all four horsemen.
This fourth, pale horse, was the personification of Death with Hades following him jaws open receiving the victims slain by Death. Its commission was to kill upon the Roman Earth with all of the four judgements of God — with sword, famine, pestilence and wild beasts. The deadly pale and livid appearance displays a hue symptomatic of approaching empire dissolution. According to Edward Bishop Elliott, an era in Roman history commencing within about 15 years after the death of Severus Alexander in AD  strongly marks every point of this terrible emblem.
Edward Gibbon speaks of a period from the celebration of the great secular games by the Emperor Philip to the death of Gallienus in AD  as the 20 years of shame and misfortune, of confusion and calamity, as a time when the ruined empire approached the last and fatal moment of its dissolution. Every instant of time in every province of the Roman world was afflicted by military tyrants and barbarous invaders — the sword from within and without.
According to Elliott, famine, the inevitable consequence of carnage and oppression, which demolished the produce of the present as well as the hope of future harvests, produced the environment for an epidemic of diseases, the effects of scanty and unwholesome food. That furious plague the Plague of Cyprian , which raged from the year to the year , continued without interruption in every province, city and almost every family in the empire.
During a portion of this time, people died daily in Rome; and many towns that escaped the attacks of barbarians were entirely depopulated. For a time in the late s, the strength of Aurelian crushed the enemies of Rome, yet after his assassination certain of them revived. As for the wild beasts of the earth, according to Elliott, it is a well-known law of nature that they quickly occupy the scenes of waste and depopulation — where the reign of man fails and the reign of beasts begins.
After the reign of Gallienus and 20 or 30 years had passed, the multiplication of the animals had risen to such an extent in parts of the empire that they made it a crying evil. One notable point of apparent difference between the prophecy and history might seem to be expressly limited to the fourth part of the Roman Earth, but in the history of the period the devastations of the pale horse extended over all. The fourth seal prophecy seems to mark the malignant climax of the evils of the two preceding seals to which no such limitation is attached.
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Turning to that remarkable reading in Jerome's Latin Vulgate which reads "over the four parts of the earth," : Dividing from the central or Italian fourth, three great divisions of the Empire separated into the West, East and Illyricum under Posthumus, Aureolus and Zenobia respectively — divisions that were later legitimized by Diocletian. Diocletian ended this long period of anarchy, but the succession of civil wars and invasions caused much suffering, disorder and crime which brought the empire into a state of moral lethargy from which it never recovered.
Talent and art had become extinct in proportion to the desolation of the world. Some Christians interpret the Horsemen as a prophecy of a future Tribulation ,  during which many on Earth will die as a result of multiple catastrophes. The Four Horsemen are the first in a series of "Seal" judgements. This is when God will judge the Earth, and is giving the World a chance to repent before they die. Elliott, the first seal, as revealed to John by the angel, was to signify what was to happen soon after John seeing the visions in Patmos and that the second, third and fourth seals in like manner were to have commencing dates each in chronological sequence following the preceding seal.
Its general subject is the decline and fall, after a previous prosperous era, of the Empire of Heathen Rome. The first four seals of Revelation, represented by four horses and horsemen, are fixed to events, or changes, within the Roman Earth.
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Some modern scholars interpret Revelation from a preterist point of view, arguing that its prophecy and imagery apply only to the events of the first century of Christian history. And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not damage the oil and the wine. Of the Four Horsemen, the black horse and its rider are the only ones whose appearance is accompanied by a vocal pronunciation.
The black horse rider is instructed not to harm the oil and the wine which signifies that this scarcity should not fall upon the superfluities, such as oil and wine, which men can live without, but upon the necessities of life—bread. The statement might also suggest a continuing abundance of luxuries for the wealthy while staples, such as bread, are scarce, though not totally depleted.
Alternatively, the preservation of oil and wine could symbolize the preservation of the Christian faithful, who used oil and wine in their sacraments. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth. This fourth, pale horse, was the personification of Death with Hades following him jaws open receiving the victims slain by Death. Its commission was to kill all upon the earth as one of the four judgements of God—with sword, famine, pestilence and wild beasts.
As for the wild beasts of the earth, according to Edward Bishop Elliott, it is a well-known law of nature that they quickly occupy the scenes of waste and depopulation—where the reign of man fails and the reign of beasts begins. Sign In Don't have an account?