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[edit] Glossary


  • For anything and everything as a jumping point for further research (generally, real-world terms)

[edit] Agonothetai

Game organizers or administrators of the Panhelenic Festival


[edit] Amnesia


[edit] Charis

The word 'charis' or 'kharis' comes from the Greek 'Χαρισ' and meaning "grace, kindness"


[edit] Esperanto

A language based on words common to all the European languages


[edit] Hellanodikai

From Olympica Historika:

In the twelve centuries or so which spanned the Hellenic Olympiads, the judges, commonly called Hellanodikai [judges of the Hellenes], were renowned for their impartiality and strict-ness in judgement.


[edit] House of Salomon

Possibly an alternate spelling referring to the Biblical King Solomon, who was granted wisdom from God. Also possibly derived from Francis Bacon's New Atlantis, where the House of Salomon is a house of scientific experimentation. The jobs were sub-divided into smaller tasks:

(from wikipedia)
"We have twelve that sail into foreign countries under the names of other nations (for our own we conceal), who bring us the books and abstracts, and patterns of experiments of all other parts. ...
We have three that collect the experiments which are in all books. ...
We have three that collect the experiments of all mechanical arts, and also of liberal sciences, and also of practices which are not brought into arts. ...
We have three that try new experiments, such as themselves think good. ...
We have three that draw the experiments of the former four into titles and tables, to give the better light for the drawing of observations and axioms out of them. ...
We have three that bend themselves, looking into the experiments of their fellows, and cast about how to draw out of them things of use and practice for man's life and knowledge, as well for works as for plain demonstration of causes, means of natural divinations, and the easy and clear discovery of the virtues and parts of bodies. ...
Then after divers meetings and consults of our whole number, to consider of the former labors and collections, we have three that take care out of them to direct new experiments, of a higher light, more penetrating into nature than the former. ...
We have three others that do execute the experiments so directed, and report them. ...
Lastly, we have three that raise the former discoveries by experiments into greater observations, axioms, and aphorisms. These we call interpreters of nature."


[edit] Labyrinth

From Wikipedia:
In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth (Gk. λαβύρινθος labyrinthos) was an elaborate structure constructed for King Minos of Crete at Knossos and designed by the legendary artificer Daedalus to hold the Minotaur, a creature that was half man and half bull and which was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus. Daedalus had made the Labyrinth so cunningly that he himself could barely escape it after he built it. Theseus was aided by Ariadne, who provided him with a fateful thread, literally the "clew," or "clue," to wind his way back again.

The term labyrinth is often used interchangeably with maze, but modern scholars of the subject use a stricter definition. For them, a maze is a tour puzzle in the form of a complex branching passage with choices of path and direction; while a single-path ("unicursal") labyrinth has only a single Eulerian path to the center. A labyrinth has an unambiguous through-route to the center and back and is not designed to be difficult to navigate.

[edit] New Atlantis

New Atlantis is a utopian novel written by Sir Francis Bacon. The novel was published in Latin, which used to be the universal language of scholarship, meaning the book could be read by people across Europe. (This seems similar to the idea of Esperanto in modern times.) The mythical utopia Bacon depicts is known as Bensalem, which means "good peace." According to Wikipedia:

The best and brightest of Bensalem's citizens attend a college called Salomon's House, in which scientific experiments are conducted in Baconian method in order to understand and conquer nature, and to apply the collected knowledge to the betterment of society.


[edit] Olympics, History of


[edit] Omphalos

From Wikipedia:
An omphalos is an ancient religious stone artifact, or baetylus. In Greek, the word omphalos means "navel" (compare the name of Queen Omphale). According to the ancient Greeks, Zeus sent out two eagles to fly across the world to meet at its center, the "navel" of the world. Omphalos stones used to denote this point were erected in several areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea; the most famous of those was at the oracle in Delphi.

In this game, when one omphalos (landmark) is located and logged, a secondary location is given in distance (stadia), direction (degrees and zodiacal sign). This trail leads eventually to Artifacts.


[edit] Schroedinger's Equation

From Wikipedia:

In physics, especially quantum mechanics, the Schrödinger equation is an equation that describes how the quantum state of a physical system varies. According to the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, the state vector is used to calculate the probability that a physical system is in a given quantum state. Schrödinger's equation is primarily applied to microscopic systems, such as electrons and atoms, but is sometimes applied to macroscopic systems (such as the whole universe).

[edit] Stadion

The oldest running event. The distance was called one Stade (192 m), which was the length of the Stadium, the location of the event.


[edit] Theory of Many Worlds


[edit] Wave form

Wave function collapse is the process which led scientists to the many-world interpretation of quantum mechanics. The "Yes" and "No" dichotomy seems related to the Schrodinger's cat thought experiment, a quantum problem where both yes and no are simultaneously true. However, in observed reality, only one can be actual. To deal with this decision, the many-worlds interpretation says that both possibilities happen, creating alternate worlds where the other option occurred. Perhaps this is the theory of many worlds, which the codex has indicated we must understand?

[edit] Zodiac

From Wikipedia:

Zodiac denotes an annual cycle of twelve stations along the ecliptic, the apparent path of the sun across the heavens through the constellations that divide the ecliptic into twelve equal zones of celestial longitude. The zodiac is recognized as the first known celestial coordinate system. There are two independently-created zodiacs from which the modern Western world derived its understanding of zodiac systems. Babylonian astrology, inherited by astrology, developed the zodiac of twelve signs familiar in the West. The etymology of the term zodiac is that it comes from the Latin zōdiacus, from the Greek ζῳδιακός [κύκλος], meaning "circle of animals", derived from ζῴδιον, the diminutive of ζῷον "animal". However, the classical Greek zodiac also includes signs (also constellations) that are not represented by animals (e.g., Libra, Virgo and Gemini). Another suggested etymology is that the Greek term is cognate with the Sanskrit sodi, denoting "a path", i.e., the path through which the Sun travels

See: Wikipedia's Astrological Signs

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