🏷  Greek Latin pun · name   —   by Gerry · Jul 2023 · 639 words

The Trojan hero Aeneas plays only a minor role in the original Greek myth. Still, the Romans later declared him the founder of Rome. Why? It’s an interlingual pun: Greek Αινειας Aineias is written Aeneas in Latin — exactly like aeneas for “bronze”. In the encrypted Aenid story, Aeneas stands for the Phoenician bronze traders who actually founded Rome, secretly.

In Roman sources, the Trojan hero Aeneas is said to have founded the Roman race. But since that never appears in the Greek Troy myths, it’s admitted to have been made up by Roman authors. But if it was made up, the Romans could’ve picked any Trojan hero, yet they chose this unimportant minor character — why?

As usual, weirdness in ancient texts can be explained by pun-encryption. With Aeneas, it must be a pun that needs the Greek name, yet doesn’t work in Greek, but only in Latin: The Latin spelling is Aeneas, exactly the same as aeneas, feminine-plural-ablative of aeneus for “copper” & “bronze”. This doesn’t work in Greek, but it’s a very good pun in Latin. So it’s likely the Roman authors chose the name to give a hint that “bronze” was instrumental in founding Rome. And it must be an important secret: The spellings are 100% identical, yet no historian has dared to point that out for 2500 years.

My theory has always been that all empires from classical antiquity onwards were founded by previous empires, more specifically by Phoenicians. “Bronze” is a hint for that, because the Phoenicians officially had a global monopoly on tin and bronze.

There’s many other words derived from aeneus, and it’s possible that one such word was a nickname for bronze traders. aeneator means “trumpeter”. aerarius means “bronze smith”, “coinage”, “copper mine”, even “bronze class citizen”. The shortform aes even means “money” & “debt”. All these meanings are just implied though, the word stem is always just “copper” & “bronze”. So “bronzers” could well have been an abbreviation for “bronze traders”, i.e. the Phoenicians.

There’s no reason why an empire with a monopoly on bronze weapons could ever be defeated, so my guess is it was really never defeated. Phoenicia just secretly changed names, shapes & headquarters, and subsumed all other empires over the course of history, grafting local elites onto its family tree as disguise. Today, the global headquarters are in the USA, but that may change tomorrow. Common people still don’t know about this global empire, just like Roman & Phoenician citizens didn’t know Rome was founded by Phoenicians.

Aeneas coming from Troy is also a hint to the Phoenicians: Latin Troiani “Trojans” puns with Tyriani “Tyrians”, which is the same as “Phoenicians”, as Tyre was the most powerful Phoenician city. So to say “Rome was founded by Trojans” is punny-speak for “Rome was founded by Phoenicians”.

In fact, the entire Roman histories about the founding of Rome are pun-encryptions, where the authors recount how the Phoenicians founded Rome to loot Italy’s resources: Read the full punnery in Virgil’s Aenid & Livy’s History of Rome. Both tell the same story: Rome was secretly founded by Phoenicians, and there’s even a passage admitting they were invincible because of the bronze!

Latin aeneus, aereus, aes = bronze, copper, brass, coinage, money

aeneus; aeneas : copper, of copper (alloy); bronze, made of bronze, bronze-colored; brazen — Latin (

aenus; aenas : (relational) copper, bronze — Latin (Wikt)

aeneator : trumpeter (military) — Latin (Wikt)

aereus; aereas : made of / bound with / armored with / of the color of copper / bronze / brass — Latin (

aerarius : lowest class citizen, pays poll tax but cannot vote / hold office; coppersmith; of / concerned with copper / bronze / brass; of coinage / money / treasury; a mine; a smelting or refining house — Latin (

aes : money, pay, fee, fare; copper, bronze, brass; payment, debt — Latin (Wikt)

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