Jean Richer is Chevalier des Palmes academiques et des Arts et des Lettres , and he is Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur. His published books include Gerard de Nerval et les Doctrines esoteriques; Delphes, Delos et Cumes; and Iconologie et Tradition.
Sacred Geography of the Ancient Greeks: Astrological Symbolism in Art, Architecture, and Landscapeby Jean Richer
This book provides proof of the existence and explains the significance of planned alignments between classical temples and oracle sites over a wide range of territory, pointing to an astrological system of planning in the ancient world. This system of symbolism may be used predictively and is supported by all relevant artifacts. Here is a unifying approach to the study of geomancy in the ancient world as a whole.
Richer has found a network of significant geographic alignments, associated with the pathways of various legendary figures and gods, that are geomantic keys to many legends and texts. One of these texts is Plato’s Laws in which Plato describes the layout of the ideal city. Richer found Plato’s ideal city repeated around the most important oracular centers on ancient Greece. He shows how Plato’s description was a later codification of a much earlier practice of dividing geography into twelve regions under the patronage of the gods of the zodiac. Several such twelve-part divisions of the Greek Territories are presented here.
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