§ 589.Greek Independence War (2)

19th century:

§589. Greek Independence War (2): V-90.


On the Cyclades, in Perinthus and Larissa,
At Sparta, all over the Pelloponnessus: 
Such great famine and pest by wrongs and fire, 
And the whole peninsula shall hold nine months.

( Dans les cyclades, en perinthe & larisse,
Dedans Sparte tout le Pelloponnesse: 
Si grand famine, peste, par faulx connisse, 
Neuf moys tiendra & tout le cherrouesse.
№ 9)                                                      


Keys to the reading:
Such great famine and pest: The word Pest (peste), as well as the words pestilence, pestilent and pestifere (pestiferous), is figurative, non literal, for most of the expressions indicative of natural phenomena such as " earthquake, rain, tempest, dryness, inundation", etc. are not literal for Nostradamus, but figurative, describing metaphorically wars, revolts, social troubles, collective distress, etc., conditioned principally by human comportments (cf. Introduction §5). In fact, of 38 usages of the words « peste », « pestilence », « pestilent» and « pestifere », 32 are figurative for the warlike and social disasters and menaces, only 5 literal (II-19, II-37, II-46, II-53, II-65) and one for the real seism (VIII-84), and of 37 examples of the words faim, famine, 26 refer to the disaster of war, and 11 in the sense of dearth;


wrongs: the original faulx is a synonym of mal (§588 IX-91);


fire: the original connisse, deriving from κονις in Greek, means dust, ashes, particularly those of the dead (Bailly), then it may connote lethal firing;


the whole peninsula: U and N being sometimes interchangeable in Nostradamus' style of spelling, the original cherrouesse means cherronesse (χερονησος), peninsula in Greek. Now, by this term the Greeks used to mean first the peninsula of Thrace (now of Gallipoli), secondly that of Taurida (now of Crimea), thirdly that which extends southward from Epidaurus and lastly that of Haemus (now the Balkans) (Bailly, Liddell and Scott and Pillon). But the second case is off the theme of the quatrain (Fontbrune's interpretation fails in a fully consistent analysis of the quatrain (1980, p.206)), and the three others are already referred to respectively by the mentions of Perinthus in Thrace, of the Pelloponnessus including Epidaurus and of Larissa in the Balkans. Therefore it may indicate the whole country of Greece mainly composed of several peninsulas except many islands (= the Cyclades);


the whole peninsula shall hold nine months: = the whole of Greece shall hold to the end of the independence war for nine years, starting in 1821 and ended in 1829. Here, the whole peninsula does not exclude the islands, because of the etymology of χερονησος composed of χερος (continental) and νησος (island) (Bailly). Moreover, the original cherrouesse, whose cher- indicates χερος (continental, firm, solid) and -rouesse may connote prouesse = prowess, exploit in French, is to be understood as the solid valour and exploit of the armed Greeks in coinciding with the expression: the Marcellus (Marceloyne) (§588, IX-91) = the valiant Greek soldiers as children of Mars, the god of war, who hold to the end in this war of independence;


Nine months: may be understood as nine years, as the other examples in Nostradamus suggest it. In fact, the quatrain VIII-93 twice says «seven months», which is the term of office of the presidency of the third French republic, namely seven years (septennate). It refers to President Loubet (1899-1906) and President Fallières (1906-1913), who are designated with the dictions «prelature» and «preture», both originally meaning «posted in front» (he who sits before = who presides = president) (Vignois, 1910, p.454). In it is mentioned also «the grand schism» and «the peaceful union near Venice», the former evidently refers to the Law separating Church and State in 1905, the latter to the secret treaty of understanding with Italy in 1902 (Ploetz, p.948). Vignois predicts in 1910, the year of the publication of this interpretation in his works on Nostradamus, that «as far as we interprete beforehand the Prophecies of Nostradamus, it is probable that President Fallières shall conserve his high function during the same lapse of time.» We have another example in the quatrain V-18, where it is depicted that the wall of Paris, besieged by Henry IV, shall fall on the seventh day, namely in the seventh year after its denial of the king of France in 1588. In reality, Paris occupied by the League shut out the king Henri III in 1588 and for the first time thereafter opened the gates to the king Henri IV, direct allied successor to Henri III, in 1594, which lapse of time the French used to count as seven years, starting with 1588 which is the first year and finishing with 1594 that is the seventh and last. And an encyclopedia of world history, particularly concerned with historical dating, describes as follows: «The independence war of Greece: 1821-1829» (Ploetz, p.1080), which means nine years in the French fashion. And the quatrain VII-15 (§212) will literally say: «For seven years the siege shall be laid in front of the city in the hands of the League under the controle of the master of the Milanese, i.e. Philip II: The greatest king shall make his entry into it. The city, then, free from his enemies.» 


Summary:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     On the Cyclades, in Thrace (Perinthus) and Thessaly (Larissa), at Sparta and all over the Pelloponnessus, such great disaster and calamity caused by grave wrongs and lethal firing. And with firmness and prowess the whole of Greece shall hold to the end of the independence war for nine years (1821-1829). This doesn't necessarily mean that the year 1829 is that of Greek Independence, which may be dated 1829 or 1830 according to the Protocol of London making Greece hereditary monarchy tributary to Turkey or to the Porte's recognition of the independence of Greece. Indeed, Nostradamus doesn't make explicit this point in the quatrain. 

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Koji Nihei Daijyo

Author:Koji Nihei Daijyo
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 218 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§948).

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