Saturday, November 04, 2006

Antonia Fortress

Picture of Antonia Fortress hexagram is courtesy of Dr. Asher Eder. The following paragraph is from Dr. Asher Eder’s book The Star of David, which was published in 1987 in English in Jerusalem by Rubin Mass Ltd. The publication here is courtesy of Oren Mass
Also, several Moslem monuments in India display it. However, in Islamic circles it is mostly known by the term Seal of Solomon.

However, Islamic art eventually refrained from using the hexagram, as did Christian culture.
A rather curious board game in the shape of a six-pointed star is known today as Chinese Chequers. Each player places his pieces in one of the outer triangles and has to move them across the middle field into the opposing triangle, leaping over already occupied positions. The idea behind the game is that the players reach, and fill up, the opposing triangle "beyond" the middle field (cf. "Polarities" chapter). This game was apparently played by Roman soldiers, as we may infer from an engraving found on one of the flagstones of the inner courtyard of the Antonia fortress in Jerusalem:

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