03-07-2011 12:06 PM
“Oltissis” has no trace in the ancient Greek. No trace of the book, “Ancient Greek Gods and Lore Revisited,” was found in several libraries with extensive classical literature. I’ve checked with three well-versed classicists, all with PhDs in the field. One of them regularly presents papers and lectures in Greece and knows Greek literature within the Greek perspective.
One of the classicists said, “…mention of neither author nor book nor "Oltissis" is more than about a week old.” Nobody had ever heard of Oltissis nor the book before Ted Connors reported their existence. Among possible explanations for the report are
1) the book was privately published and is not widely known to scholars in the field;
2) Ted Connors got luckier than anyone should expect; and/or
3) the current trend of stepped-up disinformation I’ve noted previously is getting more convincingly elusive.
The ancient Greeks are very important and the role of Greek descendancy in shaping the modern world cannot be dismissed. The indeterminate nature of Ted Connors report is critical in the current climate of UFO research, whether the book was privately published or ever even existed. I will continue pursue a few strings that may or may not be fruitful. We'll see how it goes.
PROFESSOR OF CLASSICAL CIVILIZATION AND SPECIALIST IN GREEK WROTE RE: QUERY ABOUT OLTISSIS AND THE BOOK:
I have before today heard of neither, but can say that
(i) Oltissis is a name unattested in ancient Greek; and
(II) If there exists a book entitled "Ancient Greek Gods and Lore Revisited" © 1962, then it was privately published and seems to have left none of the usual traces. As to its author, whose exact name seems to be in doubt, the surname "Ionnides" is an unlikely spelling; perhaps it was, as you say [I suggested], Ioannides (or Ioannidis - to reflect modern Greek pronunciation). But "Fredrico" is then almost as unlikely, for two reasons: (a) it sounds Italian, rather than Greek; and (b) it even then probably should be "Frederico" or perhaps "Federico" (as in Fellini, the director).
The following site has some more:
One thing I am competent to say: the symbol chosen on the second web page for an independent thinker is the Roman would-be revolutionary Catiline; the man accusing him before the gathering is Cicero, who -- to hear him tell it -- on this occasion managed to preserve what we would call democracy for another couple of decades before another independent mind (Julius Caesar) finally destroyed it.
But as far as I can see, mention of neither author nor book nor "Oltissis" is more than about a week old.