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Dr Theodoros G. Spyropoulos

Dr Theodoros G. Spyropoulos


Theodore Spyropoulos (Greek: Θεόδωρος Σπυρόπουλος) is a Greek archaeologist, regional official of Greece's Central Archaeological Council, and author of the three-volume book titled ‘Lacedaemon’.

Excavations at Tanagra

At Tanagra, Spyropoulos began excavating a large Mycenaean cemetery in 1968. Every year up until Spyropoulos moved to the ephorate at Sparta, the excavation site yielded larnakes, pottery and terracottas. The chamber tombs uncovered were apparently in use from LH IIIA up until the end of LH IIIB and perhaps beyond.

Excavations near Thebes

Near Thebes, Spyropoulos excavated the supposed tomb of Amphion and Zethus between 1971 and 1973. He identified the structure of the tomb as a step-pyramid or ziggurat built during the 3rd millennium BC.

Excavations at Pellana

Spyropoulos discovered an alternative site for the palace of Menelaus at Pellana located 25 kilometers north of Sparta. The site itself is near a series of large Mycenean chamber tombs. This has led Spyropoulos to believe that his excavations uncovered the lost Homeric capital of Laconia. The palace itself is 32 meters by 14 meters and is dated to around 1200 BC. Cyclopean walls surround the palace and a wide road leads up to the entrance. During Antiquity, the tombs were all plundered. However, the palace was unscathed since it yielded jewelry, wall paintings, pottery, and a plethora of Linear B tablets. Currently, there exists a major clash of interpretation between Spyropoulos and members of the British School at Athens. The former believes that Pellana was the Mycenean capital of Laconia and the latter believe that the Menelaion was the capital.



Dr. Spyropoulos,

I am an archeology student from the US and am currently here in Greece working on the Amyklaion excavation, courtesy of the Hellenic Education Research Center (HERC). I have been following your work for some time now and I have tried reaching out through the official Central Archeological Council’s website and haven't heard anything back. I will be here for the next 5 weeks. I am highly interested in your work and would immensely appreciate a few moments of your time to hear from you personally about your findings. I'm not even sure if you frequent this site anymore but I'm trying every channel possible to reach you, even asking the program directors to ask through the Ephorate. I know that your schedule must be very busy but if you can somehow give me just a few moments it would mean the world to me. Please take my persistence as a sign of admiration and conviction and consider my request. Thank you so much, and you can reach me through this site or through [email protected].


Dear Theodoros Spyropoulos,

Mythology would be the memory of life as a fetus

According to Joseph Campbell, mythology is the story of a hero.
Let's go a step further : this hero is the fetus. And then, mythology becomes illuminated.

“The originality of your central idea, the realisation that mythology recapitulates the foetal memory of embryogenesis should give you the reputation among specialists in these issues of a discoverer of new heights of knowledge.”
Claude Hagège, Collège de France.

The tree of life would be the placenta;
The snake in the tree, the umbilical cord;
The flood, the amniotic liquid that falls at birth;
The ark, the amniochorionic membrane that protects the fetus;
Noah, the fetus that goes to birth;
Adam, the fetus;
Eva, the umbilical cord, close to the fetus;

I have written two books about this subject:
- Of the Ancient World, Paradise, the Flood, Atlantis : Mythological Enigmas Resolved. A work of more than twenty years, in french.
- Why? The mythological life : this book of 75 questions/answers provides an easy access to these great discoveries. It has been translated in English from the French and recently printed *:) happy:

1 – Why was Oedipus the one who solved the riddle of the Sphinx?
2 – Why did the Flood only occur once?
3 – Why did only Noah and his family survive the Flood?
4 – Why did the light and the sun appear after the Flood?
5 – Why can’t dwarves endure daylight?
6 – Why were people able to nourish themselves with the leaves of plants and the flesh of animals after the Flood?
7 – Why did Noah immediately plant a vine after disembarking from the Ark?
8 – Why did the Egyptian god, Osiris, travel the whole world teaching men how to plant grapevines?
9 – Why was Osiris thrown into the Nile in an oblong box, the exact size of his body?
10 – Why did Osiris have no phallus when he was thrown into the Nile?
11 – Why is the Tree of Life found in almost all mythologies?
12 – Why is it said of the tree Yggdrasil that « no one knows from whence its roots run »?
13 – Why in mythologies is a serpent often found coiled in the Tree of Life?
14 – Why did the serpent that was coiled in the Tree of Life offer a new sort of food?
15 – Why did the serpent speak to Eve, not Adam?
16 – Why is the dragon a symbol of prosperity?
17 – Why did the serpent in the Garden of Eden have four feet?
18 – Why are newborns in Greece given a protective amulet shaped like a serpent?
19 – Why are temples and sacred spaces often guarded by serpents?
20 – Why is the God of Thunder often identified as a serpent?
21 – Why does Thunder cause a spring to burst out of the ground?
22 – Why is Thunder the giver of fire?
23 – Why do many legends describe fire originating from between someone’s thumb and forefinger?
24 – Why does either the cosmic tree or a lotus grow out of Vishnu’s navel?
25 – During the reign of Quetzalcoatl, why was an ear of corn so heavy that a man could only carry one at a time?
26 – Why did the Egyptian god Djehouty invent a lyre with only three strings?
27 – Why did Odin pledge his eye at the Fountain of Urdr?
28 – Why did Jason have to yoke two bulls to the plough in order to gain the Golden Fleece?
29 – In the legend of Jason, why do dragon‘s teeth that have been sown like seeds grow into warriors who then fight each other?
30 – Why did a hero have to behead a serpent, whose head kept regrowing?
31 – Why did God destroy the tower of Babel?
32 – Why did people build ziggurats?
33 – Why did Apollo institute a priesthood after he had killed the serpent?
34 – Why do the Chinese value rhinoceros horn so much?
35 – Why could the divine Achilles only be mortally wounded in the tendon of his ankle?
36 – Why does fate hang by a thread?
37 – Why did Gilgamesh return to his own country empty-handed after seeking eternal life?
38 – Why does Lakshmî, the goddess of fortune, sit on the knees of her husband, Vishnu?
39 – Why do some religions forbid divorce?
40 – Why are there many folktales in which a poor man who is an outstandingly skilled archer eventually marries a princess?
41 – Why did the Incas marry their sisters?
42 – Why did Phrixos lose his sister Helle as they fled to safety?
43 – Why did Eurydice die at the threshold of the cavern?
44 – Why was Ariadne abandoned by Theseus?
45 – Why did Icarus perish after he flew from the labyrinth?
46 – Why did Romulus kill his twin brother after the latter had jumped over the newly-built walls of Rome?
47 – Why did Pharaoh dream of seven fat cows and then of seven thin cows that ate the fat ones?
48 – Why did the continent of Atlantis disappear beneath the waves in one day and one night?
49 – Why does Atlas carry the world on his shoulders?
50 – Why were the Celts afraid that the sky would fall on their heads?
51 – Why did the ancients see mythological figures in the constellations in the night sky?
52 – Why are dark-skinned Madonnas objects of veneration?
53 – Why were the most skilled of all sorcerers those of ancient times?
54 – Why does Vishnu have four arms?
55 – Why were the four sons of Horus assigned to watch the four cardinal points?
56 – Why was it customary in ancient times to harness four horses to racing chariots?
57 – Why did the Symplegades (« Clashing Rocks ») or Cyanean Rocks, smash against each other?
58 – Why did the Goddess Athena push the Argonauts' vessel through the passage between the Symplegades?
59 – Why did Hercules create the Strait of Gibraltar?
60 – Why was Troy situated on the banks of the Hellespont?
61 – Why was Helen of Sparta considered the most beautiful woman in the world?
62 – Why did the liver of Prometheus regenerate at night after it had been devoured during the day?
63 – Why was the Golden Fleece nailed to a tree?
64 – Why did Achilles cut off his long hair as a sacrifice at the funeral of his friend, Patroclus?
65 – Why did the River Alpheus and the River Peneus cleanse the Augean stables after they had been diverted from their course?
66 – Why do people perform the dragon dance to make it rain?
67 – Why does sacrificing a bull bring on the rains?
68 – Why did Pandora release all the ills of mankind by opening the box?
69 – Why does watering a sacred stone ensure rain and fertility in a territory where stones are scarce?
70 – Why does the Irish Stone of Destiny (Lia Fáil) cry out when the rightful King of Ireland puts his foot upon it?
71 – Why does fire jump from one animal to another when they are all running together to escape from it?
72 – Why metempsychosis?
73 – Why was Zeus successively the lover of many different beings?
74 – Why is the tortoise a symbol of long life?
75 – Why was Apollo born on a floating island?

You can order this book. Its price is only10 euros, free of postal cost.
You will pay it by bank draft when you will receive the book.

You can read it from its pdf file attached here.

I hope that you will be interested with these great discoveries.
With best regards,

François Dor

François Dor was born in Paris in January, 1960. After reading Marie Cardinal’s book "Words to Say", from April 1981, he began a course of analytical psycho-therapy. It was during this voyage into the self that he became aware of the meaning of the old legends: mythology represents memories of the fœtal stage of life.
3 bis rue Rosa Bonheur
75015 Paris

Thanking you for sending me your research on mythology. I find it really exciting and deep-delving research.
Congratulations on the book publication. The content looks fascinating. Are you familiar with the work of Stanislav Grof on perinatal psychology? I think you will find resonances with your own ideas. All best wishes,
Keiron Le Grice

Sure. Love to read some more - this realm fascinates me. Thanks,
Nicole Moore

It is a very interesting publication. Thank you for sharing it. Blessings, Jeane Rhodes Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Healt (APPPAH)

many thanks for sending me your fascinating work about mythology. It is highly original, and raises very interesting questions. yours gratefully,
wendy doniger

Thank you for sending me your work on mythology. It looks most interesting. With warm wishes, Liz Dr. phil. Elizabeth Brodersen, BA, MSc Jungian Training Analyst, CGJI Zürich

You certainly have done an enormous amount of research. Thank you for sending. Best regards, Maureen Murdock

I would happily and enthusiasticly like to read your work. Sounds fascinating Best Sanford Peppers

Thank you very much for your interest to our project and for your sacral materials you sent us on. We're really impressed by its deepness and scale.
Thank you so much for your great work and researches.
We're curious whether you have any website to read about you and your work outs? Thank you.Have a nice day, Best wishes Svetlana

There is definitely great injustice towards you. Unfortunately, new great ideas have always been hard to promote. But you should continue your work in spite of everything. Your are doing the right thing and the global acknowledgement among your colleagues proves it. I think if a person deserves something he will get someday anyway. You should never give up. Be Happy!!!!! Tatjana Devyatkina

Fascinating! I wish I had time to read! I’ll keep your email for reference in future, though for sure! Your work sounds amazing, Franc! Thanks for sharing! Warmly,
I feel a deep resonance in my body of “Ah Ha!”, when I read that the Placenta is the Tree of Life, the umbilicus the Serpent etc.
Barbara Ma-El

Marvelous news! Congratulations Francois. Stan Grof should be made aware of this book.
Evans Lansing Smith

Great news! Thank you for this mistical, fruitful and bright work! God bless you!

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