Bruce Michael

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Gondeshapur (or Jundishapur) was the city founded by Shapur 1 in the 3rd century AD. where Father Mani met his martyrdom. The site of this misdeed, where his body was hung, was known forever after as 'Mani's Gate'.

Gondishapur was to be later the site of the most remarkable learning centre in Persia: The Academy of Gondishapur.

A Bishop of Edessa in 545 enforced the decrees of the Council of Chalcedon against the Nestorians in his diocese, and some of them migrated to Persia. Further purges occurred in 487 and 489. This set the scene for what was later to happen.

The Academy of Jundishapur was formally set on its way when the Roman emperor Justinian closed the Academy in Athens in 529 AD, and the displaced Greek scholars moved to Jundishapur in southern Persia.

This Academy was to play a strange role in history which I won't go into
right now.

Namaste Bruce...

Then what pray tell was the purpose of this thread/post?

Well I'll go into some of it now,Wil.
I have brought together a couple of themes here that I have posted on before: Mani and Nestorius.

Starwisdom News

In a lecture given in Torquay, England on August 14, 1924 Steiner reveals Sir Francis Bacon’s former incarnations---one being Haroun al Raschid. “He was a splendour-loving but a the same time a highly gifted organizer and he gathered at his Court the most learned men of his day, men who although they were no longer working as Initiates, still preserved and cultivated in a living way much of the ancient wisdom of the Mysteries.” This Court, Steiner elsewhere explains, is the Academy of Gondishapur once located outside of Baghdad, Iraq. It flourished from the 6th to the 9th centuries AD., following the 529 Justian I orders from Istanbul, Turkey to close down the Platonic Academy in Athens, Greece. (See Schoeffler, H. The Academy of Gondishapur, 1995) Haroun al Raschid lived with the intention to school an intelligence far beyond its time, in such a way as to harness the forces of even sub-nature. His hope was that the firm rootedness in Mohammedanism would spread throuhout the ages into all the world. In his subsequent incarnation as Bacon he openly formed an opposition to Aristotelianism and infused Christianity with an Arabic thinking. Steiner suggest that it his influence that set the natural sciences into a pure abstract pursuit of developing a technology based on control, even at the expense of the organic wholeness of Natura herself. He describes Baconism as being a form of Anti-Michaelic forces aligned with adversary powers.

That is some of the answer.
Another fruit from the court of Haroun al Raschid, was the Thousand and One Nights.