Egypt/Greek Mythology applies

Ok, so after seeing the huge Egyptian statue, I’m convinced that Jacob is some sort of spirit/god/protector/etc. of the afterlife. One would have to brush up on their Egypt and Greek mythology to wrap this around their brain. I’ll show how Egyptian mythology has it’s influence followed by ties with Greek mythology in 2 ways…

1. Richard and Horace.
So in the 70s the DI and Hostiles had been in conflict for years and eventually formed a truce. The leaders of the groups are Richard and Horace. To understand the Egyptian mythology tie-in, look at the story of Set and Horus (ring a bell?)…

Horus = Patron of: the living Pharaoh, rulers, law, war, young men, light, the sun, many others depending on the particular variant, Lower Egypt. This is DI leader Horace (duh).

Set = Patron of: winds, storms, chaos, evil, darkness, strength, war, conflict, Upper Egypt. This is Hostile leader/consigliere/spokesman Richard Alpert.

The conflict: In the Legend of Osiris, Set kills Osiris and scatters his body, then claims the throne of the gods for his own. He is later struck down by Horus, the son of Osiris, who restores order to the world and sets up the pharaohs as the guardians of Maat. Set and Horus continue to battle for control of the world (the Island), setting up an epic conflict of good versus evil.

2. Jacob and Horace
Think back to last season, when we first meet Horace. Locke stumbles upon Horace while looking for Jacob’s cabin. Horace is already deceased, but is cutting down a tree, over and over and over again. Kind of like the Greek myth of Sisyphus. According to Locke, Horace is the one that built Jacob’s cabin (evident by the blueprints found on his corpse later on). Why did Horace build Jacob’s cabin????? The answer lies in the giant Egyptian statue we saw in last night’s episode. I think, like many others, that this is the statue of the Egyptian god Anubis. Could this be what Jacob is?
Egyptian mythology: Jacob = Anubis = Patron of: mummification, and the dead on their path through the underworld
Greek mythology: Jacob = Hades = Ruler of the Underworld

So how does that relate to Horace and the Cabin??? Here is the story of Sisyphus and the reason why he was condemned to do a laboring task over and over again….

“He was notorious as the most cunning knave on earth. His greatest triumph came at the end of his life, when the god Hades came to claim him personally for the kingdom of the dead. Hades had brought along a pair of handcuffs, a comparative novelty, and Sisyphus expressed such an interest that Hades was persuaded to demonstrate their use – on himself.
And so it came about that the high lord of the Underworld was kept locked up in a closet at Sisyphus’s house for many a day, a circumstance which put the great chain of being seriously out of whack. Nobody could die. A soldier might be chopped to bits in battle and still show up at camp for dinner. Finally Hades was released and Sisyphus was ordered summarily to report to the Underworld for his eternal assignment.”

Does Horace ‘imprison’ Jacob in the Cabin? Is this why some people don’t stay dead on the island? Was Horace punished by Jacob for imprisoning him much like Sisyphus was by Hades – only in this case – chopping a tree over and over and over? There is more to come about Horace’s role on the island…

Boom! Egyptian and Greek mythology applied!

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9 thoughts on “Egypt/Greek Mythology applies

  1. I am enjoying the Egyptian direction and thanks for the info. One thing Locke saw Horace in a dream. Remember he wakes and Ben says “I remember when I had dreams”.

    Nice work.

  2. Very tidy. It gives Horace his due.

    I am not so sure about Richard Alpert. You set him up as Set’s right hand man. Does he bring in Ben and Locke to try to undo Horace’s strangle hold on Jacob?

    I gathered that Widmore funded the Dharma Initiative to begin with, which would place him above Horace in the pecking order…

    So Richard would bring in Ben to undo Horace and keep Widmore at bay off the island, and uses Locke as a tool to free Jacob from the cabin somehow.

    Is Jacob still stuck in there (‘help me’) or has he been free’d?

  3. I’m not sure if he relates to the story you posted but another Egyptian god is Ra (Richard Alpert)?


    Patron of: the sun, heaven, kingship, power, light.

    Appearance: a pharaoh wearing the sun disk on his head.

    Description: Ra was the almost universally-worshipped king of the gods and all-father of creation. A sun god, he was said to command the chariot that rode across the sky during the day. A king, he was the patron of the pharaoh. Ra is the most central god of the Egyptian pantheon.

    Ra’s position in the pantheon is unusual. He is the only god, apart from Osiris, who is definitely said to be not on the earth. Ra, it is said, is an aging god, still powerful, but too old to deal with his children any longer, so he has gone exclusively to the sky to watch over the world. Horus rules over the earth and the gods in his stead, demonstrating the divine right of kingship.

    Sound like anyone familiar?


  4. I am not sure that Widmore funded Dharma… if he did, he would know where to find the island instead of having to rely on clues from The Black Rock’s ledger which he bought at the auction, or on the Dharma’s Lamppost room.

  5. One thing that I don’t think anyone has mentioned anywhere is that Set has ears. They are flat-topped ears unlike the sharp Anubis ears… so the statue could be Set? Although there are also other eared characters in the Egyptian pantheon.

  6. Hi friends
    I am a student in the faculty of monuments and the most interesting in reading about Ancient Egyptian mythology. The myth of Horus is one of the main myths that had been told in several ways through out Pharaonic history. At the same time the value of this myth becomes greater when you know the myth of isis that is regarded as a symbol for self sacrifice in Ancient Egyptian mythology. to know about it you can go
    Myth of Horus Mother, Isis

  7. I think the black smoke might be the Egyptian god Apophis also known as Apep; the deification of darkness and chaos. A 16m snake whose gigantic body, often a concertina of coils and representative of a black void. Apophis is imagined as possessing a hideously loud roar. His head is also made of flint (the sparks we sometimes see in the smoke.) Maybe, just maybe.

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