Over three millennia of history told through a vivid collection of paintings illustrating the events and characters that mark this path throughout time: the magnificent temple devoted to the Moon, famous all over the ancient world, and the fantastic story of the Sabians and their magical rituals represent the two main blocks of this work. A fascinating journey in the pursuit of an absolutely extraordinary capital of the Near East.
The Moon and the Philosophers’ Religion (1994)
Four emblematic moments narrating the historical and religious tale of Harran: the cult of the Moon, the presumed establishment of the Platonic Academy, the complex issue of the Sabians and Sabeism, as well as astral magic. This work is not only for connoisseurs.
Sabians and Sabines: Materials for Re-reading A Myth of the Origin of the History of Rome (2011)
In a copy of the Koran in Pico della Mirandola’s library, a famous scholar, Raimondo Guglielmo Moncada (Flavius Mithridates), translated the Arabic termSabi’yynwith “Sabines” (Sura XXII, 17). This is a surprising translation which inspired the author of the present study to reconsider the traditional view of Sabeism as a universal religion, by re-elaborating it on the basis of an original interpretation.
Alberto Fratini is graduated in Philosophy and he is a secondary school teacher. Alongside his teaching and professional activities, he has always carried out his solitary research work on the Cosmos of the Ancients. He is an enthusiast scholar of the Arabic culture and language. His long journey to Turkey and Syria, together with his friend Franco Lattanzi in 1989 proved to be a key element that led him to “discover” the city of Harran.
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