Part-11: About the name "DAMOKLES"
Part-11: About the name "DAMOCLES"
By POLAT KAYA
The following background information is given about the name
"DAMOCLES, in the mid-4th century B.C., Syracusean nobleman, Damocles
was an obsequious courtier of DIONYSUS II, tyrant of Syracuse. When
he expressed envy of the tyrant's happiness, Dionysus invited him to a
sumptuous feast, but suspended a sword by a horse-hair over his head.
The experience cured Damocles of his envy of the tyrant."
Encyclopaedia Britannica writes the following: 
"DAMOCLES, one of the courtiers of the elder Dionysus of Syracuse
(tyrant 405-367 BC). When he spoke in extravagant terms of the
happiness of his sovereign, Dionysus is said to have invited him to a
sumptuous banquet, at which he found himself seated under a naked
sword suspended by a single hair, symbolizing the precariousness of
Thus with this scenario, Damocles was under an immediate execution
threat throughout the feast. Somehow if the hair holding the naked
sword above his head broke, it could be his demise. Hence his host
Dionysus had put Damocles under a very dangerous position in order to
explain to him how he viewed his fortunes from his side.
The story indicates that what we see on the surface, or what we are
presented as the official explanation or etymology is not always the
truth. Similarly, when we look under the name DAMOCLES, we find that
it has been made up from Turkish components. When the name DAMOCLES,
from Greek DAMOKLES, is rearranged as "DAM-O-KLES", it is the
restructured form of the Turkish expression "IDAM O KILI«" meaning
"That sword is execution". We must note that the sword and the threat
of execution as presented in the story lines up perfectly with the
Turkish words given here.
This once again proves what I have been explaining and demonstrating
all along, that is, in the ancient past, Turkish was the universally
spoken language. Evidently during the 1st millennium BC, the Greeks,
Latins and others knew Turkish and also knew how to anagrammatize
(i.e., restructure, modify, embellish and disguise) Turkish words and
phrases for their own benefit.
In order for Greeks to have come up with the name DAMOCLES, the following
changes would have been applied to Turkish words:
Turkish IDAM ("EXECUTION") ==> DAM
Turkish O or U ("THAT" or "AND") ==> O
Turkish KILI« ("SWORD") ==> KLES
By putting these three restructured Turkish words together, i.e., "DAM
+ O + KLES", anagrammatizers came up with this concocted Greek name
DAMOKLES for the story.
In the anagram, the two Turkish vowels, namely I, in the original
Turkish expression have been dropped and the Turkish sound represented
by the letter "«" was converted into "S". Thus making the Turkish
expression completely Hellenized.
With this new insight, an obvious question that comes to mind is, did
a person named "DAMOKLES" really exist or was it just a concocted
Greek mythology? The other thing that comes out of all this is that it
is very possible, even likely that this story originated from a
Turanian story in Turkish that was simply "adopted" by the Greeks,
Hellenized and then sold to the world as Greek.
In any case, with this name DAMOCLES, we are again face to face with a
stolen, repainted and embellished Turkic item where a Turkish
expression has been used as as source, then restructured, disguised
and finally claimed as Greek. People of the world including the Greeks
themselves have been superbly conned.
This again shows that none of the Greek names can be trusted as
genuine and original. They are mostly manufactured from Turkish words
and expressions - and this linguistic plagiarization has been done so
well that the newly formed "Hellenic" words do not offer the slightest
hint that they were manufactured from the Turkish language of ancient
times. The worst part of this deceit is that the Turkic peoples of the
past and their civilization have been obliterated and the present
Tur/Turk peoples of the world have been denied their glorious and
illustrious past. The wrong people have gotten credit for a stolen
civilization and culture, while the original and rightful Tur/Turk
owners have been wrongly painted as "lacking in culture" and "barbar".
In other words, a complete 180 degree role and character reversal has
been created by way of deceptive talk. Because of this false
presentation about who did what in the ancient world, the modern
understanding of the world and its history has been put upside down.
 Graham Speake, "A Dictionary of Ancient History", Blackwell
Reference, 1994, p. 190.
 Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1963, Vol. 7, p. 26.
Best wishes to all,
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(Copyright © 2004 Polat Kaya)