How many baskets are there in a
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The word Dodekathronon derives from the
Greek dodeka, twelve (from duo, two, and
deka, ten) and thronos, high
According to William Dalrymple's From the
Holy Mountain, during the Byzantine era, Constantinople's collection
of holy relics was the finest in Christendom.
shrine alone ... were secreted the holy nails used in the crucifixion, the axe
with which Noah built the Ark, and the Dodekathronon, the twelve baskets in
which had been collected the leftover loaves and fish from the feeding of the
However, according to the
Jerusalem Post, "An old Byzantine manuscript enumerates the
Christian holy sites around Tiberias and its lake. The ancient text mentions
familiar sites such as Capernaum, and the Jordan River, but also a hill called
Dodekathronon (twelve seats), where Christ sat down and taught
and where, as tradition has it, he also multiplied the seven loaves and fed the
[Mootguy: If anyone has
further info about the Dodekathronon - which is it: a place or a set of
baskets? - please pass it along.]
Given the frequency with which artifacts are
named after their places of origin or discovery, there is no reason why both
would not be correct. Famous examples include Sutton Hoo, Rosetta, and Lascaux.
For most people, the place names have come to signify the archaeological
materials found there. Presumably, only to local residents do the places rank
before the finds when the names are spoken or read.
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