Der Name der Rose by Umberto Eco

By Umberto Eco

Ein italienisches Benediktinerkloster im Mittelalter. Der Franziskaner William von Baskerville soll dort ein Treffen zwischen der Ketzerei verdächtigten Minoriten und Abgesandten des Papstes organisieren. Doch unmittelbar nach seiner Ankunft geschehen dort höchst seltsame Morde. William, der Ex-Inquisitor versucht mit allen Mitteln, den Mörder zu finden.

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In Delphi, in the mouth of Anthesterion, special sacrifices were offered to Apollo in gratitude for his safe delivery of the people's ancestors from the Deucalionic flood . We have already . seen that from the evidence of the socalled lake-dwellings the catastrophic effects of the rapidly rising water level of the lakes and rivers can easily be proved . " As the lake-dwellings suddenly stop at Lake Constance and the Swiss lakes the reason must be found in a far wider cause," says Paret. C . c. Paret assures us that the climatic catastrophes of that age were seen " in the right perspective by Plato .

Their crews leaped into the water, where most were killed, only a few reaching the coast . The reliefs at Medinet Habu have preserved for us touching scenes of the North people's heroic struggle . On one ship, crowded with fallen Northerners, a few men still continue the hopeless battle ; on another a Northern warrior supports a seriously wounded comrade with his right arm and raises a protecting shield with his left . On a third ship the Northerners, themselves threatened by death, are trying to save the wounded floating in the water.

The mast could be laid down, and carried on top a basketlike construction . All these constructional characteristics had until 'then not existed in the Mediterranean and were taken over by the Egyptians from the North people . Similar types of ships exist during the Bronze Age only on Nordic rock drawings . The Brandskogenship, for example, is a type of ship which is remarkably like those of the North people, apart from the sails, which are not shown . Herbig says of the ships of the North Sea people on the Egyptian reliefs that they at first remind one of Nordic ships and of the much later Viking dragon ships .

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