Porsena was a very interesting chap. He made war on the Romans, who had thrown out their Etruscan governor 'king' Tarquinus the Proud. Romans were fanatical about their republic at the time and declared that never again would they have a king (until the godlike emperors of course). A Roman broke into Porsena's tent and slew Porsena's secretary, thinking that he was the king. He was apprehended and questioned. His name was Mucius Scaevola.
Mucius decided to show them all what being a Roman was all about. He plunged his hand into the flames and said: `See this? There are 99 more like me. We have each sworn to kill you, unless you make peace!' The legend is that Porsena immediately made peace and forgot all about the pesky rebellion in Rome.
This is very interesting, even more so because Porsena had a spectacular tomb of his own which he was said to have been buried in, which was later demolished by the Romans, century later, after they had acheived the dominion of Italy. Let us look at the description of a bizarre pre-Roman pyramid which is said to have been the tomb of Porsena.
His tomb, was described as follows:
"Porsena was buried below the city of Clusium in the place where he had built a square monument of dressed stones. Each side was three hundred feet in length and fifty in height, and beneath the base there was an inextricable labyrinth, into which, if any-body entered without a clue of thread, he could never discover his way out. Above this square building there stand five pyramids, one at each corner and one in the centre, seventy-five feet [c. 22 meters] broad at the base and one hundred and fifty feet [c. 44 meters] high. These pyramids so taper in shape that upon the top of all of them together there is supported a brazen globe, and upon that again a petasus from which bells are suspended by chains. These make a tinkling sound when blown about by the wind, as was done in bygone times at Dodona. Upon this globe there are four more pyramids, each a hundred feet [c. 30 meters] in height, and above them is a platform on which are five more pyramids. " (Marcus Varro, 116-27 BC)
I have looked through pictures of all the world pyramids, or I suppose 'lots' and it would seem that the Pyramid of Borobudur would come closest to Borobudur, which of course means it was set up by Buddhists in Europe.... which is all rather interesting!
From Wikipedia: (Fair use)
"This structure, standing some 200 meters high, was supposedly destroyed along with Clusium itself in 89 BCE by the Roman general Cornelius Sulla. No trace of it has ever been found, and historians have generally regarded Varro’s account as a gross exaggeration at best, and downright fabrication at worst.
In the 18th century Angelo Cortenovis proposed that the tomb of Lars Porsena was a machine for conducting lightning, and this idea was taken up by Robert Scrutton in his 1978 book Secrets of Lost Atland.
In 2012 two pyramidal halls were uncovered in a vine near Orvieto, a few dozens kilometers from Chiusi. A three others are supposed to be still excavated: these would form a complex which is similar to the alleged tomb of Porsena."
I would like to think that this pyramid was in fact an ancient machine of some sort, but that is probably not the case. Despite all the fanciful pictures which have accumulated, regarding what it could have looked like, the closest parallels seem to actually lie in the archaeological remnants of Asia, which seem to basically match the description. Yet... how could this be? Closest parallels seem to be with the Stupas of Asia!
Mentioned here, as relating to Porsena's vanished tomb, are, Borobudur (Java), Viswasanthi (Japan), Wat Chedi Liam (Thailand) Parambanan/Plaosan Temple (Indonesia). All these have elements described at Porsena's tomb, however, I feel that Borobudur comes closest to all of them.
In addition, the pyramid at Borobudur, is in fact built upon a polygonal base. I believe the Buddhists arrived and placed their buddhists artefacts and bells and so force, which miniature stupas, on top of an earlier pre-existing barren polygonal structure. It is a curious feature that all the high-ancient-technology is in fact devoid of any writing whatsoever. This is the base upon which Borobudur was built.
Huge pyramids are not built all at once, but often in layers. The pyramid platform was a prevailing worldwide style in addition to the regular pyramid. If we examine Borobudur, Java, we seem to see relics of a polygonal system of interlocking cut bricks. This could be a vestige of the earlier pyramid, which seems to be hiding inside, so we, in this scenario, would have two pyramids inside of Borobudur.
1) The first pyramid was a plain pyramid platform built by worldwide pyramid builders. It may have been featureless, lacking writing, and built by the worldwide pyramid builders.
2) Another culture appeared and built cut non-polygonal carved reliefs which were placed on top of the pyramid, converting it into more of what we recognise as a Stupa. This does not have a polygonal structure.
Pyramid platforms are found worldwide. The pyramid platforms featured in this video are found in the Canaries, Figi, Egypt, (Abydos) Mexico (Teotiuacan), etc, etc. They are a very early form of pyramid.
Although the pyramid at borobudur displays clear signs of polygonality, this are not all 'megalithic' or of huge scale. Nor are the cuts perfectly precise. The pyramid does relate to the Giza pyramids, which also appear to contain an internal polygonal structure. There is a kind of smoking gun corner stone which exhibits polygonal details, however. It is unclear if this pyramid, the best of Asia, contains polygonal cornerstones, as do the Giza pyramids.