Lecture on Greeks and Philistines at University of Missouri-St. Louis

Professor Haskel Greenfield lectured on "Were Greek and Philistines Related" at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Photo: Nicholas Karakas, University of Missouri- St. Louis

LOUIS, MO – The annual Catherine Pelican Memorial Lecture in Greek Culture was held at the University of Missouri-St.Louis with this year’s speaker Dr. Haskel J. Greenfield, University Distinguished Professor, Co-Director Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Laboratory, Professor, Anthropology; Associate Member, St. Paul’s College; Coordinator of Judaic Studies of the University of Manitoba.

Prof. Greenfield presented “Peoples of the Sea, Philistines, and the Greeks of the Bronze Age: view from the recent excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel.” There was a large turnout for the annual event which honors and memorializes the late Catherine Pelican. The audience enjoyed the lecture presentation which included a vivid slide display for an extra level of understanding.

Prof. Greenfield’s studies and research delved into one of the most fascinating problems in ancient history and the possible connection between the Philistines and the Mycenaean Greeks. He discussed the origins and nature of Philistine culture and its connection with Greece, using evidence gathered recently at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel- the Canaanite precursor of the famous Philistine site of ancient Gath (home of Biblical Goliath).  

Prof. Greenfield is a distinguished anthropological archaeologist whose research focuses on the evolution of early agricultural and complex societies in the Old World (Europe, Africa and Asia) from the Neolithic through the Iron Age. Geographically, his research covers a large swath of Old World societies, from Europe (Bosnia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, and Serbia), to Africa (Morocco, South Africa), and Near East (Israel and Turkey).

Slides highlighted the lecture by Prof. Haskel Greenfield on the Greeks and Philistines at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Photo: Nicholas Karakas, University of Missouri- St. Louis

In addition, he has conducted field work in various parts of North America (Manitoba, New York, New Jersey, and Mexico). He is currently the co-director (with Prof. Aren Maeir, Bar-Ilan University, Israel) of the excavations of the Early Bronze Age city at Tel es-Safi, Israel. He is also part of the team excavating the archaeological site of Huqoq.

Catherine Pelican, the daughter of Greek immigrants, was born and raised in St. Louis. She married James Pelican who came to America from Greece in 1906. The couple owned and operated Pelican’s Restaurant in south St. Louis from 1945-78. To honor Mrs. Pelican’s memory and her love of Hellenic culture, the annual lectureship was established at the University of Missouri- St. Louis. Recent Pelican lecturers include the distinguished professors Katherine Fleming, Amikam Nachmani, Vassilis Lambropoulos, and Margalit Fox.

Professor Michael Cosmopoulos, renowned for his archaeological work at Iklaina, Greece and other important sites, is the Hellenic Government-KarakasFoundation Professor of Greek Studies and Professor of Archaeology at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. The Greek Chair sponsors numerous programs during the University’s academic year as part of its outreach activities to the community in the St. Louis area.

Professor Haskel Greenfield lectured on “Were Greek and Philistines Related” at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Photo: Nicholas Karakas, University of Missouri- St. Louis

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  1. Why do Greeks insist on shooting themselves in the foot with such twaddle? The Palestinians were not Greek, the Myceneans were Phoenician Arabs just like most of the islands of the Mediterranean. The Phoenician Lebanese were the first to colonize the Mediterranean including the Punics of Spain and the Quechua (Aztec, Inca, Maya) of America. This is why the Quechua have Lebanese noses and Semitic vestiges in their language, not to mention Pyramids. The Mafia Vendetta style of clannism is share with Arabs everywhere. Minoans were Phoenician Arabs [Annals of Human Genetics (2008) 72,205–214]. They are distinguished as being Semites from Asia not Hamites from Africa (yet Greeks pervert this distinction). The Thracians or Vlachs were Carpathian Celts like the Galatians. Achaeans, Ahiya, were Hamitic Africans from Egypt. This is why Sparta got its wheat from Sicily which is closer to Africa than Europe and Peloporicans are the dumbest Greeks. Dorians were Alpine Germans. Ionians, descended from Yovani, Javan, son of Japheth, were Scythians. The name Ashkhenazi derives from Scythian and David was a red-haired Scythian. This is why Athenians got their wheat from Scythia via Bezant. The Aeolians were Pelasgian Albanians. Everywhere Herodotus said there were Pelasgians, like in Koropi, outside of Athens, and Methana near Corinth, today there are Albanians. The Trojans were undeniably Hittites, who appear with Mongolian Turkic Turanian slanted eyes on drawings. That is why the Trojan Romulus and Remus share the Magog Volpomammic birth myth. The Ugaritic Canaanites became the Magog. “archaeologist Ursula Brosseder of the University of Bonn in Germany. The Huns developed as a political movement that picked up members from various ethnic groups as it spread, she explains. Brosseder suspects the ‘Hun phenomenon’ formed on the grasslands of western Eurasia, a territory that includes regions cited by Hakenbeck. The earliest evidence of Huns in that region dates to about 2,400 years ago” [Science News, 4/29/2017, Vol. 191, No. 8] This political movement movement derived from the Ural Ataics HLA DR1 schizophrenia gene [Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry 30 (2006) 423 ? 428] and the Mongol 3’VNTR Dopaminergic Bipolar Gene [Human Biology, Vol. 68, No. 4 (August 1996), pp. 509-515]. Broadberry [LSE WP184 11/2013] shows that the Great Divergence of world economies manifested in 1348 due to Ghenghis Khan whose Tatar Magoguery decimated China, India, Russia and Greece. Fan Tsing fuh Ming was the call of the San Ho Hwuy and indeed Sun Yat Sen blamed the Manchu Magog for decimating China and thought the west was enlightening and liberating. But Mao instead used the Opium War as a foil to revert to tatarism. Note the cognates morphing,Magog, Mongol, Magyar, Hungar, Uyghur, Hangook, Gog. American Indians, Koreans, Japanese, and Turks are the true heirs of the Gog and Magog. [Hugh Pope, Sons of Conquerors, 2005 pp. 210-223] But the Arabs always were led into battle by Turkish generals.

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