posted on Apr, 2 2005 @ 06:22 PM
Maybe they were. Hell, for all I know the whole thing in Italy was a big fabrication by McCormick. I can't talk about the original Italian stuff
because, well, it's secret.
I mean, yes it's silly on some level that I can't talk about it. The original society that McCormick was initiated into, whether it was actually in
Italy or prior to his vitist, was founded by aman named Manuel Chrysoloras.
I provide what is known of the man:
" Little is known about Manuel Chrysoloras before his arrival in Italy. It is believed that he was born in Greece around 1350, the son of a wealthy
and powerful family. When he first arrived in Italy, he was 40 to 45 years old.
Chrysoloras was sent by the Greek Emperor to Italy as an emissary to solicit aid for the Greeks in their war against the Turks. He was selected for
this mission because of his intelligence and diplomatic skill, and his family's close ties with the Greek Empire.
After his arrival in Italy, he was invited to Florence to teach, where he helped revive the study of Greek in the Christian West. The Florentine
Republic contracted with courses and informal lessons, and prohibited him from demanding any extra pay. This assured the maximum dispensation of his
knowledge to the entire city.
Chrysoloras was the first to teach Greek to the Florentines, and he had to begin with the basics. He wrote the Erotemata, the original Greek grammar
and vocabulary text. The Erotemata became the basic reader of the great humanists. Chrysoloras insisted on expressing the same sentence in the good
grammar of the other language. Because of this he is considered to be the father of modern translation. He taught many people but his full-time
disciples numbered exactly five.
His students quickly became friends. A student of Manuel Chrysoloras has written, "Community with this most illustrious Chrysoloras, a man
distinguished by old virtues and discipline, created among us a sort of bond ... we accepted as one accepts being born from parents into a family."
Chrysoloras infused his students with such dedication that they considered themselves to be sons of the same father, i.e., brothers. Chrysoloras'
greatest genius was to teach Greek to a few disciples and inspire them to go on teaching and translating, thus spreading the wealth of Greek
literature and philosophy throughout Europe. His students went on to become the first of the great humanists who signaled the full advent of the
Renaissance. Chrysoloras recognized the humanist movements and correctly predicted that the blending of Latin and Greek cultures would return Italy to
a place of world leadership.
Manuael Chrysoloras taught at many Italian universities. He was a professor in Florence in 1396, in Bologna from 1397 to 1400, and later in Venice,
Paris and Rome. In 1415, he died in Constance, Germany.
While serving at the University of Bologna, Chrysoloras formed an organization of students. The initial purpose was mutual protection of its members
against physical attack and robbery by the unscrupulous governor of the city of Bologna, Baldassarre Cossa. "
It is the organization of students, and secret society they were a part of, that McCormick was introduced to. The fact of the matter is that this
organization lasted for some time, but as anyone knows, unless there is a current and fresh crop of initiates every year, any organization will die
out. It was the belief of the man McCormick was speaking with that he organization was going to die out, and he shared some of these secrets with
McCormick, who then took them stateside, shared them with fellow students, and carried on the tradition.
In my orignal post I said a lot of this depends on what history of Kappa Sigma you accept. This story I've been speaking of tends to be the most
accepted, but not the only one.
There is another that has the Italian man McCormick met in my story meeting him here, stateside, at UVA. At this theory McCormick and him speak about
several things and this society is only hinted at. McCormick and the man agreed to meet later when McCormick and his brother traveled to Italy, a trip
that had already been planed long before they had met. Once McCormick got to Italy and the man deemed him worthy, McCormick was initiated or at least
told about this ancient sociecty.
It is the core belief of most of the histories that whatever the man shared with McCormick was not the whole story. It was believed that the man
himself may have not even known everything that was once part of this ancient society accept the most importnat aspects. Think of it this way if I'm
not making any sense, stories change of time and the story this man was a part of may have not been the original story.
At any rate, I think McCormick was basically initiated into something similar to a 1st degree of Masonry. I don't mean that he was a mason, what I
mean was that this society had many many levels of rituals and stuff. McCormick was only privy of the most basic parts so he could share them with his
friends and keep the spirit of the original society alive, but not truly have a full explaination of what it was.
McCormick shared what he was introduced to with his friends, who then shared it with a few more people before Jackson came along and breathed a life
of his own into the ritual. He took this basic concept that was given to McCormick, fused it with Masonry, and made it into what it is today.
Hopefully, that brings a bit more credibility to what I said earlier. Then again, I'm not the best at explaining things so for all I know I made no