§ 588. Greek Independence War (1)

19th century:
§588. Greek Independence War (1): IX-91.

IX-91:
The horrible pest of war shall devastate,
Perinthus and Nicopolis, Thessaly and Amphipolis.
The Peninsula and the Marcellus shall hold,
The unknown wrongs and the refusal of Anthony.


( L'horrible peste Perynte & Nicopolle,
Le Chersonnez tiendra & Marceloyne,
La Thessalie vastera l'Amphipolle,
Mal incogneu & le refus d'Anthoine.) (№ 10)

Keys to the reading:
The horrible pest of war: Peste, pestilence and pestifere in French occur 38 times in all in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, whose 31 examples indicate the disastrous social effects of war, only 2 in the medical sense (II-53 and VIII-84) and 5 cases in amphiboly.

shall devastate: The construction of the original verses 1-3 is as folllows: L'horrible peste vastera Perynte & Nicopolle, la Thessalie & l'Amphipolle, Le Chersonnez tiendra & Marceloyne [aussi]; « Macedonia, Thessaly, Epirus, Acarnania, Ætolia, the Peloponnesus, Eubœa, and the Archipelago had become battle-fields on which perished alternately tyrants and slaves.» (HH, XXIV, p.230)

The Peninsula: in capital initial means the Peloponnesus, the perpetual centre of the party of independence;« The proclamation and the emissaries of Ypsilanti had given to the Peloponnesus the signal for independence. The archbishop of Patras, Germanos, orator, pontiff, and warrior, had convened all the chiefs of the clergy in the caverns of the Erymanthus mountains to arrange with them the insurrection of all their churches.» (HH, XXIV, p.229)

the Marcellus: Marceloyne means of Marcellus in the sense of those of the family, and Marcellus originally means the child of Mars, the god of war. Therefore, in accompanying the Peloponnesus it may indicate the Greek soldiers in this war of independence. In fact, this term is not a deformation, as many interpreters pretend, of Macedonia. In this quatrain Macedonia doesn't hold, because one of its cities Amphipolis is said to be devastated, but the people and the soldiers of Macedonia and Greece in general hold to the end as if they were children of Mars.

The unknown wrongs: «The Peloponnesus was fire and blood, under the cross as under the crescent; three centuries of cumulative servitude were the revenge for three centuries of oppression. Europe shuddered with horror at the recital of atrocities. Two races, two nations, two religions grappled with each other, from the shores where the waves beat upon the islands to the summits of Pindarus and of Thessaly. Patras, Missolonghi were entombed under ruins.» (HH, XXIV, p.230)

the refusal of Anthony: « If the emperor Alexander, who after the invasion of France in 1814 had become the Agamemnon of the kings of Europe, had had the perfidy of Catherine II, Greece, provoked or even encouraged by him, would have long before arisen in rebellion against Sultan Mahmud. But the emperor Alexander refused obstinately to provoke or even tolerate revolt among the Greeks... The Greek revolution would enfeeble the theory of the sovereignty of a great empire, and that theory of the legitimacy of thrones which he was sincerely trying to make a political religion in Europe.» (HH, XXIV, p.229) The name Anthony (Anthoine) seems not to refer to the king of Navarre Anthony (1518-1562) because of the abundance of the Greek place-names in the quatrain, but to the ancient Roman general Mark Antony (ca. 85-30 B.C.), who governed the eastern provinces of Rome including Greece when he formed in 43 B.C. the second triumvirate with Octavian and Lepidus (HH, V, p.624). This circumstance of Mark Anthony may identify him with the emperor Alexander I, expected to be a protector of independent Greece as the Agamemnon of the kings of Europe.

Summary:
The horrible pest of war in Greece, launched in 1821 by the Greek insurrection signalized by Alexander Ypsilanti [1792-1828] against the Ottomans, who reply with most terrible measures, devastates Perinthus in Thrace, Nicopolis in Epirus, Thessaly and Amphipolis in Macedonia. But the Greek leaders in the Peloponnesus, the perpetual centre of the party of independence, the people and the soldiers of Greece in general hold to the end as if they were children of Mars. All over the battle-fields in Greece the unknown wrongs are commited under the cross as under the crescent. Europe shudders with horror at the recital of atrocities. Two races, two nations, two religions grappled with each other, from the shores where the waves beat upon the islands to the summits of Pindarus and of Thessaly. Patras, Missolonghi were entombed under ruins. If the Russian emperor Alexander I, who after the invasion of France in 1814 had become the Agamemnon of the kings of Europe, had had the perfidy of Catherine II, Greece, provoked or even encouraged by him, would have long before arisen in rebellion against Sultan Mahmud. But the emperor Alexander refused obstinately to provoke or even tolerate revolt among the Greeks... The Greek revolution would enfeeble the theory of the sovereignty of a great empire, and that theory of the legitimacy of thrones which he was sincerely trying to make a political religion in Europe.
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We have covered 143 quatrains (§588-§730) concerning the World Events in the 19th century after Napoleonic ages [1821-1900] in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, and 219 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§949).

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