About the Author
Sylvain Tristan has been teaching English in France and in Moscow, Russia. He's also deeply interested in ancient civilisations.
Quite by chance, in 2001, he finds himself plunged into a quest of the origins of the world's first great civilisations. After having read a book that put forward a North Sea location for Atlantis (a myth referred to by Plato and other classical authors), and that argued that the Megalithic peoples of Western Europe had been great sailors and builders - both qualities largely underestimated by historical orthodoxy - he decides to do some research.
A few months later, he accidentally hears about a book by British writer Alan Butler and orders a copy of it. The book, entitled The Bronze Age Computer Disc, deals with a world-famous artefact found in Greece in the early 20th century - the so-called Phaistos Disc, a baked clay disc made by ancient Cretans and incised on both sides with a spiral filled with mysterious symbols. In the book, Butler suggests that the disc was actually a 366-day calendar. According to the English author, the Megalithic people were linked to the ancient Cretans and they possessed a 366-degree geometry derived from such a calendar - a geometry potentially better than ours. Sylvain Tristan then decides to contact Butler, who in turn replies his email. As weeks wear on Tristan and Butler become epistolary friends, and the latter tells the Frenchman that what's been published so far about the subject is merely the visible part of an immense iceberg of discoveries. Soon enough, Butler lets Tristan into yet more amazing facts - he tells him about what he terms Salt Lines, i.e. seemingly sacred lines that appear to crisscross a vast part of the Ancient World. These Salt Lines being, of course, the meridians and parallels of 366-degree geometry.
At first perplexed, Sylvain Tristan sets to methodically verify the existence of these presumed lines. The research he undertakes not only shows him Butler is right beyond any reasonable doubt, but also that Salt Lines can be traced, along with Europe, in Africa, Asia and the Americas! More bewildering still, the most beautiful sites and capitals of each of the world's first great civilisations are located on the course of these lines, evidence that the birth of these civilisations bear the fingerprint of another civilisation that held incredibly precise knowledge of the Earth's circumference - a civilisation that was able to sail round the globe 4,000 years before Columbus and that played a major role in the emergence of each of the world's first great civilisations of antiquity.
These seminal discoveries are detailed in Sylvain Tristan's book Les Lignes d'or, published by Alphée in 2005.
Sylvain Tristan's second essay, entitled L'Atlantide, premier empire européen, was published by Alphée in 2007.
"This book is a 'must' for anyone who suspects that history is not what we have been taught. Stand by to be astounded." Alan Butler, author of The Bronze Age Computer Disc, The Goddess, the Grail and the Lodge and co-author with Christopher Knight of Civilization One.
"A book everybody should lay his hands on" Sixième Sens
"Sylvain Tristan wonderfully masters his subject (which is rare enough to be stressed) ... Sylvain didn't know any of my questions; he managed to answer them with much assurance and without entrenching himself behind useless 'jokers'. The theory he puts forward seems to me reliable and deserves to be more widely known by general public... In any case, it fascinated both listeners and people on the web." Jean-Claude Carton
"The English teacher... had led a long and vast investigation about the Megalithic people" La Nouvelle République
"An interesting book for its innovative perspective, highly detailed in its arguments, backed up in the sources it rests upon, it will certainly fascinate the 'indomitable fans of the Earth's mysteries' " Ven. Shinjin Robert Brandt-Diény
"An extraordinary investigation into the origin of the first great civilisations of history" Le Dauphiné Libéré
"Like an epic into the past, this well-researched book takes us along in the quest of a common origin for every civilisation through a new and audacious thesis" Acropolis
"Amazing!" Sacrée Planète Magazine
A book presented in 2005 on Radio France International
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