PLATO's OLIVE TREE SURVIVED 2,500 YEARS
ONLY TO BE CHOPPED UP FOR FIREWOOD
THE perennial olive tree under which Plato is believed to have taught his students 2,400 years ago, is now gone ... chopped up for firewood in the economic chaos that is sweeping Greece.
In 1976 a bus ran into it and fractured its trunk and destroyed nearly all of the tree above ground. The photo shows the tree before the bus hit it.
The broken part of the tree was then transferred to the nearby Geoponic University of Athens and kept in a case.
In early 2013, the remaining lower part of the trunk and its gigantic roots were reported missing ... uprooted and stolen to serve as firewood as is the case in many places in Greece.
It was calculated that the stolen part of the tree weighed more than 1,000 pounds, nevertheless it was removed without anyone taking notice....
Legend has it that the tree was part of the alleys that surrounded Plato's Academy, and it was among the 12 olive trees that marked the 12 gated entries to the property.
This part of Athens was later, and still is, named "Eleonas" (olive grove) because of those ancient olive trees.
This mosaic from a house at Pompeii shows that the tree was well known 1,900 years ago.
Plato is a blessed Saint of Antinous. Here is how Flamen Antinoalis Antonyus Subia explain's the significance of Saint Plato:
"In the vision of Love that Plato expounded, Venus Urania, Celestial Love, is glorified as highest form of human affection, above the earthly requirements of procreation.
"The love between two men, what is innocently called Platonic Love, was considered by Plato to be the most divine form of relationship.
"Hadrian, in all ways the most Platonic of all Emperors, the veritable manifestation of the Philosopher King as glorified by Plato in The Republic, was demonstrating the meaning of Venus Urania, for all the world to see, in his passion for Antinous.
"For the beautiful light in which Plato illuminated the inner nature of homosexual love, he is venerated as a divine Saint of the Religion of Antinous."