King Arthur’s Sword In Croatia ?

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April 4, 2012 : An International group of scholars met in Podstrana, Croatia to discuss and examine claims that the Legendary King Arthur was actually Lucius Artorius Castus.

The first person to propose this theory was British Scholar Kemp Malon in 1924. 

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Group of Scholars Visiting Church of St. Martin in Podstrana, Croatia                                            Source: Reuters Video Archive  Copyright Notice: (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2012.                          To watch the entire video click the link at the bottom of the post.

Lucius Artorius Castus sarcophagus with fragmented stones was found in the church of St. Martin in Podstrana,Croatia. (A town just outside of Split.)

The stones inscriptions make the basis for the claims that Lucius Artorius Castus was the man behind the legend of King Arthur.

 

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Group of Scholars Visiting Cemetery in Podstrana, Croatia                                                                 Source: Reuters Video Archive   Copyright Notice: (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2012.                 To watch the entire video click the link at the bottom of the post.
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Cemetery where Lucius Artorius Castus is said to be buried.   Source:Vecernji List Zoran Vitas

“The importance of this is that there is no evidence anywhere of a real person being associated with Arthur.” – John Mathews, Reuters.

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John Mathews  talking to Reuters.  Source: Reuters Video Archive                                                 Copyright Notice: (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2012.                                                                          To watch the entire video click the link at the bottom of the post.

So this is the only reference we’ve ever found, literally carved in stone; that says ‘Artorius Britain’ on the same inscription that talks about the things that he did and suggests that he may have been there.” John Mathews told Reuters.

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Fragmented Stone Inscriptions – Removed from the wall of the Church of St. Martin

Lucius Artorius Castus

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Source: bib.irb.hr/datoteka/709592

“Something that is legend is mixed with history. And so you’ve got a folk tale that is mixed up with history. Here’s the history!” Scholar Linda Malcor said to Reuters.

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Linda Malcor  talking to Reuters.  Source: Reuters Video Archive                                                 Copyright Notice: (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2012.                                                                          To watch the entire video click the link at the bottom of the post.
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Scholars Inspecting Stone Inscriptions on Original Fragments.  Source: Reuters Video Archive                                                 Copyright Notice: (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2012.                                                                          To watch the entire video click the link at the bottom of the post.
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Source: Gwinn, Christopher., The Lucius Artorius Castus Inscriptions: A sourcebook (http:// http://www.christophergwinn.com/celticstudies/lac/lac.html
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Source: Gwinn, Christopher., The Lucius Artorius Castus Inscriptions: A sourcebook (http:// http://www.christophergwinn.com/celticstudies/lac/lac.html
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Church of St. Martin. Original Stones have been replaced with copies.
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Excalibur: Sword in the Stone. Source: Croatia Water Polo Cruise

James McPherson said, ” Revision is the lifeblood of historical scholarship and there is no single, eternal and immutable ‘truth’ about past events and their meaning.”

I’m not even going to attempt to weigh in on the King Arthur theory.

The world is filled with far more intelligent people who have dedicated time and brain cells to unravel the myth and mystery surrounding the Legend of King Arthur.

Suggested Resources for Further Reading:

Christopher Gwinn- Arthurian Sourcebook

Lucius Artorius Castus and the King Arthur Legend

Reuters Video Archive Link

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Mara Vranjes

 

 

 

 

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