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Title: The Lost City of Apollo Found Near Stonehenge?
Post by: rockessence on August 12, 2007, 09:20:17 pm
The lost city of Apollo: is it near Stonehenge?

A British archaeologist believes he has found the lost city of
Apollo. Dennis Price, who shot to prominence after finding a missing
altar stone from Stonehenge, is the man behind what could be an
amazing discovery. With the help of language experts from Exeter
University, Mr Price has translated the early works of the Greek
mariner Pytheas of Massilia, who was one of the earliest visitors to
Britain, in around 325 BCE, and who wrote of the City of Apollo. Now,
after dedicated work, Mr Price believes he has solved the ancient
mystery of just where it is.
     He said: "Just a mile or so to the east of Stonehenge is a
gigantic prehistoric earthwork called Vespasian's Camp, named in
later years by William Camden after the same Vespasian who subjugated
the south west of England during the Roman invasion of Britain in 43
CE. It is invariably described as an Iron Age hillfort, yet
excavations there have shown the existence of far earlier Neolithic
pits, while there still exist the remains of early Bronze Age funeral
barrows, showing that the site was in use while nearby Stonehenge was
being constructed. Vespasian's Camp lies at the bottom of a slope
occupied further up by what is known as the King's Barrow Ridge,
overlooking Stonehenge, while this is further divided into the New
King Barrows and Old King Barrows. Vespasian's Camp cannot be seen
from Stonehenge, but it lies to the east of the ruins, or in the
direction of the rising sun."
     Mr Price added: "As Apollo had largely become thought of as a
Sun god by the time Pytheas was writing, it is another fairly obvious
connection, while Vespasian's Camp lies slightly to the south east,
or the direction of the midwinter sunrise when viewed from
Stonehenge, something else that may have had a bearing on matters as
far as the consideration of a god who visited Britain during the
winter months was concerned. Given the huge scale of the earthworks
at Vespasian's Camp, it is not unthinkable that Pytheas may have
thought of Troy, another city sacred to or beloved of Apollo, as some
later versions of the stories of this place speak of Apollo building
the walls there along with Poseidon. We cannot know precisely how
Pytheas came to equate the sanctuary, the temple and the city with
     Alexander Fitzpatrick, of Wessex Archaeology, said he knew Mr
Price but had not heard of his findings. "Vespasian's Camp is not
something we know a great deal about but it does date from around the
time of Pytheas' writings and he does refer to the Lost City of
Apollo. What Dennis would have to do is establish a link between
Pytheas and the camp. I don't know how he could be sure there's a
link between those two camps as opposed to others, such as Hembury at

Source: Express & Echo (9 August 2007)