Nearly everyone has heard of the ancient pagan Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. But almost no one knows that they were originally great rulers of Italy. The whole modern Christian world has been influenced by Roman Catholicism. The story in pre-Roman times was the same. Instead of paganism spreading to Rome from Greece, it really spread from Italy to Greece. It was the vogue of the last century to ridicule the myths of Rome and of Greece. The gods and goddesses were regarded as mere human inventions — rigments of the superstitious madness of the ancients. To admit that they were originally flesh-and-blood human beings would have been tantamount to admitting the reality of the Bible. For several of the heroes-made-god of ancient Italy are characters of the Bible.
ITALY IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
There is a very special reason that Italy became the home of religious apostasy in the West. The pagan mystery religions had a very special problem confronting them in Italy. They had to counter the teachings of Noah! Yes, Noah appears as a ruler in the early history of Italy! Noah lived both sides of the Flood. He knew what life meant. Apart from him the whole human family would have been wiped from off the face of the earth. The world's religious leaders knew that if they were to succeed they must, in some way, counterfeit, in Italy, the teachings of Noah — just as later they were to counterfeit the teachings of Christ. The parallel is exact. To counterfeit Christ, they took Christ's name and labeled their superstition "Christian." They began to worship Christ. "This people honoreth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. But in vain worship they me, teaching for doctrines commands of men" (Mark 7:6-7). To subdue the doctrines Noah preached, they made a pretense of following him — claiming they were doing what he commanded them, claiming to do it by his authority. And when Noah died they began to worship him! They called him, in their mysteries, Janus — the one who could look into both worlds because he experienced the worlds on either side of the Flood.
WHAT ITALIAN HISTORY REVEALS
The history of Italy was preserved down to Roman times. Not until the Middle Ages was it allowed to die a natural death. What could not be disproved was left undiscussed. The scholarly world soon forgot the records in its possession. Those who did take note of them began labeling them as recent inventions — just as they did the history of every other nation. Now let us open the pages of Italian history and see what really occurred in ancient Italy. The history of Italy opens — as might be expected — with human government beginning at the Tower of Babel. Italian history begins immediately after the Flood — with the land without inhabitants for 108 years. The first family to settle in Italy, according to ancient history, was Gomer. But why should this be so unusual, when one considers the contemporary history of Spain? Gomer's children generally passed eastward out of Europe into Asia. Archaeology traces the movements of the earliest cultures of the children of Gomer from southern Europe into Asia. (See the previous chapter on the history of Spain under the family of Togarmah.) Because Gomer was the earliest hero this side the Flood to populate limited areas of Europe, it became a Middle-Age superstition to label all the people of Europe the descendants of Gomer. Most Bible maps are so labeled today. But they are wrong. In the very first chapter, on the history of Germany, is proof that Shem's descendants now inhabit Western Europe. The fiction that Gomer was the ancestor of these people was deliberately, and knowingly, invented to cloak the identity of the House of Israel and of the Chaldeans and Assyrians. The Germans do not want their identity known to the world. Nor do the Chaldeans. And the House of Israel wants to believe it is Gentile. Now to continue the history of Italy as preserved to us from the same sources which give us German, Spanish and early British history.
Patriarchs, Rulers and Kings of Italy Years Dates
Uninhabited after the Flood. 108 2369-2261
Janus (Noah) plants colonies 33 2261-2228 in Mediterranean. Janus was also called Vertumnus because through him the seasons continue in their cycle. Noah exercised authority in the period that both Shem and Heber appear dominant on the world scene elsewhere.
Gomer — his son Ashkenaz 58 2228-2170 (Ochus) succeeded him.
Ochus, son of Gomer. 50 2170-2120
Camese (Ham) 19 2120-2101
Janus (Noah again) 82 2101-2019
Cranus Razenus, son of Janus 54 2019-1965 or Noah — Shem; the name means the crowned one, and father of many races or peoples.
Aurunus, son of predecessor — 43 1965-1922 Aram — from whom descended the Ausonians or Uzites.
Tagus Ormah (Togarmah), son 42 1922-1880 of Gomer. Togarmah augmented and established a religious system which came to be called the "rites of Janus." Here was an early parallel of the later pagan attempt to establish its religion on the world in the name of Christ. Togarmah obtained the designation Malot because he AUGMENTED — the meaning of malot — the pagan rites. Is it not significant that those lands most filled with hideous pagan superstition are the very areas settled by the sons of Gomer and especially Togarmah — Tibet and Siberia? The Tibetans acquired their rites from Italy!
Sicanus, son of Togarmah. 30 1880-1850 His wife was Ceres, who was worshipped as goddess of agriculture. It was her ideas which encouraged priests of the pagan religion to support themselves by living off the agricultural labor of others. Sicanus left only a daughter, Proserpina, who was married to Orcus, king of the Molossi in Epirus. Thereafter the government passed to petty kings or Tyrants.
Reign of Enachi Tyrants. 30 1850-1820 This period corresponds in part to the time of the African invasion of Spain. Their overthrow was recorded in Greek myth as the war with the giants. Were these sons of Anak?
Osiris Apis 10 1820-1810 Osyris of Egypt drove out (or 12) 1820-1808 tyrants and reigned in their stead. He is Sendi, King of Egypt.
Lestrigonians, sons of 45 1810-1765 Neptune, the son of Osiris. (or 43) (1808-1765) For last ten years of his reign Hercules warred against Lestrigo.
Heracles, Seir the Horite 30 1765-1735 in Scripture; called "Oron" — the Horite — in Spanish Literature.
Tuscus, son of Heracles. He 27 1735-1708 drilled people in art of war.
Alteus, son of Tuscus. 7 1708-1701
Hesperus, brother of Atlas. 11 1701-1690
Italus Atlantus Kittim. 19 1690-1671 (See history of Spain for his identity.) Atlas left only a daughter Roma (or Electra); she was therefore of the family of Abraham through Keturah's son Midian, according to Josephus and the records of Spain.
Morges, a prince of the 20 1671-1651 Morgetae in Italy.
Cambon, son of Blasco, called 50 1651-1601
Corito or Corythus. Married (33) jointly (1634-1601) Roma (Electra) daughter of with Roma Atlas Kitim; she was the concubine of a Jupiter. Sammes' "Britannia Antiqua Illustrata" is of major assistance in clarifying Anderson's "Royal Geneologies" during this period. See also "Historia" by Bartholome Gutierrez, page 165.
Jasius 50 1601-1551 A descendant of Jupiter, but not from Electra. In the year 1601 the throne of Britain had become vacant and Jasius was chosen to fill the vacant throne in Britain. From Britain he ruled all Celtica and Italy. At his death the throne of Britain was separated from Italy. The royal line continues in Italy thus:
Corybantus. 48 1551-1503 Corybantus was the son of Jasius and Cybele. He and his mother divided Italy into 12 provinces and set over them 12 rulers, after which they retired into Phrygia. A few Israelites were fleeing from Egypt at this period due to persecution by the Egyptians.
Tyrrenus migrates with 51 1503-1452 Lydians from Asia Minor.
After his reign the unity of Italy ceased. Not until the rise of the Roman Republic did all the numerous tribes in Italy again become united under one government. Hereafter the history of Italy is the story of the Kings of the Tuscans and of Kittim. The history parallel to the Kingdom of Etruria will be presented after that of the Tuscans.
THE HISTORY OF ETRURIA
The story of Etruria or Tuscany is essentially the history of those invading nations who dwelt in Italy, but were not descended from Kittim. The people of Etruria were a heterogeneous group of tribes.
Kings of the Tuscans Lengths of Reign Dates
Tharcon I 23 1452-1429 (34) (1452-1418)
Abas 15 1429-1414 (15) (1418-1403)
Olanus 21 1414-1393 (23) (1403-1380)
Veibenus 42 1393-1351 (48) (1380-1332)
Oscus 34 1351-1317 (17) (1332-1315)
Tharcon II 46 1317-1271 (44) (1315-1271)
Tiberinus, expels Pelasgi 30 1271-1241 from Italy in time of Jabin, king of Canaan.
Mezentius. 22 1241-1219 He was expelled for his tyranny and fled to Cerytes during the rule of Tharcon III. Mezentius afterwards aided Turnus against Aeneas.
Tharcon III 20 1219-1199
Ocnus Blanor 46 1199-1153
Pipinus 52 1153-1103
Nicius Fesulanus. 47 1101-1054 He expelled the Phoenicians from the isle of Corsica, and built the city of Nicea.
Piseus. 52 1054-1002 He is credited with several inventions. This is the era of Solomon and world wide growth in culture and in foreign trade.
Thuscus 39 1002- 963
Amnus 25 963- 938
Felsinus. 43 938- 895 He built Felsina the metropolis of the Tuscans.
Bon 28 895- 867
Atreius 27 867- 840
Marsias 18 840- 822
Etalus 39 822- 783
Coelius 21 783- 762
Galerius Arbanus Lucumo 20 762- 742
Lukius 25 742- 717
Cibitus 82 717- 635
Lucumo Clusinus 58 635- 577 King Tarquinus Priscus of (or 38 to the time (635- 597) Rome wasted Tuscany about of struggle 596, but at their entreaty with Rome.) a peace was concluded in 584, By this peace they gave to Tarquin a crown of gold, an ivory chair, a sceptre with an eagle at the end of it, a purple robe embroidered with gold, a gown and 12 axes, which Tarquin received with the senate's consent.
Rhaetus 20 577- 557 He gave name to the Rhetians, a people of the Alps. King Serbius Tullius of Rome triumphed three times over the Tuscans, who were at last forced to submit.
Hyellus 44 557- 513
Porcena Clusius 58 513- 455
Tolumnius Laertes 24 455- 431
Eques Tuscus 40 431- 391
Livius Fidenatus 48 391- 343
Elbius Tuscus 32 343- 311
Turrenus 41 311- 270 A major blow was struck, beginning in 285, against Etruria. The king surrendered his government to the Romans. So closed the independent history of the Tuscan tribes in Etruria, many of whom now scattered into neighboring regions. Subordinate princes continued as follows until the reign of Emperor Otho.
Titus (Tito) 40 270- 230
Volturrenus 48 230- 182
Cecinna 56 182- 126
Menippus 46 126- 80
Menodorus 36 80- 44
Mencenate 56 B.C. 44 - 13 A.D.
Seinao 23 13- 36
Scevino 33 36- 69
Otho Torentius (the 1 (actually 69 Emperor Otho) ruled only 3 months — Jan. 15-Apr. 19, 69)
THE HISTORY OF THE LATINS
Meanwhile the descendants of the children of Kittim were being ruled over by descendants of the family of Abraham. The famous woman Electra or Roma was daughter of Atlas Kittim. Josephus reveals Atlas to have been Epher, Abraham's grandson. His daughter is called the concubine of Jupiter (see Icelandic history earlier in this volume), From Electra, who later married Cambon, came a line of rulers who were later accounted gods or divine heroes. The list carries us down to the coming of Aeneas of Troy, recorded in Volume I. All these royal lines were related to the family of Abraham.
List of Kings Length of Reign Dates
Roma, previously concubine 46 1634-1588 of Jupiter. Romanessus, son of 79 1588-1509 Roma.
Picus 57 1509-1452
Faunus 30 1452-1422
Annus 54 1422-1368
Vulcan 36 1368-1332
Marte (Mars) sometimes 23 1332-1309 referred to as Janus.
Saturn, arrived from 36 1309-1273 Crete in 1331.
Picus, sometimes called 34 1273-1239 Jupiter.
Faunus the younger. 24 1239-1215
Latinus (Lateinos) 38 1215-1177
The year 35 of Latinus was 1181-1180. Aeneas of Troy arrived that year (see Dionysius of Halicarnassus, I, 44). In year 38 (1178-1177) Latinus died and Aeneas succeeded — by the Roman non-accession year system. To conclude the surprising early history of Italy, here is a slightly different mode of reckoning the earliest rulers. Anderson's "Royal Genealogies" records, from documents extant in the sixteenth century, the lengths of reigns from the time of Shem's settlement of colonies in Europe. That event may be dated from the "Bavarian Chronicle" to 2214. Gomer 127 (2214-2087); Janus or Noah 45 (2087-2042); Sabatius Saga, a son of Cush who fled Armenia via Germany to Italy, 31 (2042-2011); Cranus 61 (2011-1950); Arunus 41 (1950-1909); Malot Tages 38 (1909-1871); Sicanus 30 (1871-1841); Tyrants 38 (1841-1803); Osyris 10 (1803-1793); Lestrigo 33 (1793-1760); Hercules 30 (1760-1730); Tuscus 35 (1730-1695); Alteus 20 (1695-1675); Atlas Italus Kittim 16 (1675-1659); Morges 9 (1659-1650); Camboblasco 50 (1650-1600); Jasius 49 (1600-1551); Coribantus 41 (1551-1510). Coribantus and his mother set twelve princes over twelve provinces and departed to Phrygia in Asia Minor. As Coribantus is otherwise assigned a total of 48 years (1551-1503), his 41-year reign indicates that the twelve princes governed the last seven years of his reign (1510-1503).