It’s that time of the year and wow, did it come quick! I blinked and months jettisoned by. December has well and truly arrived. Here in Perth, Australia, it is predicted to be a warm Christmas, 30+ degrees Celsius. Seafood, cold beverages and barbequed dishes will be on the menu. Our family will congregate and spend the day eating and drinking; responsibly of course. ;D
I want to take this opportunity to thank my friends who’ve I met via this blog and other networks and to you, my wonderful and loyal readers. I appreciate the time you’ve taken to visit my blog and for your amazing comments, which I have immensely enjoyed reading and responding to.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and peaceful New Year.
This is my last post for 2014 and will see you in 2015.
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Historical fiction fantasist Luciana Cavallaro, a secondary teacher, meanders from contemporary life to delve into the realms of mythology. Subscribe to her FREE short story.
The legend of Atlantis has been around for over twenty-four hundred years and people still talk and write about it, including me. There are countless books, both fiction and non-fiction not to mention the documentaries. People are fascinated by the enigma of Atlantis, the achievements of the people and the “utopian” imagery it produced. There are a number of well-known people who wrote about Atlantis and were quite influential in garnering support for their theories. I will be focussing on a few of the more notable individuals whose works created wide-world interest and had an effect on powerful leaders.
Cover Book cover of Atlantis: The Antediluvian World by Ignatius L. Donnelly (1831–1901). original book cover. Wikipedia
The legend of Atlantis begins with Plato who wrote two Socratic dialogues Timaeus and Critias. These are the only two existing written records which refer to the lost continent. The fact that Plato wrote about the fabled city gives credence to the existence of such a place. Like Homer before him and the legend of Troy, Plato heard the story of Atlantis and retold it. According to a number of sources, Plato while a boy was listening to his great grandfather, Solon and other men who recounted the story. Much like the Homer’s Iliad, the legend of Atlantis has a basis in fact, and it’s a matter of washing out the dregs to get to the gold.
Plato from the School of Athens by Raphael, 1509
Why are people fascinated with Atlantis? What is it about this mythical place that has drawn so much attention for over two thousand years? Is it about the people who once inhabited the island with their sophistication and technological advancements? Or is it the total annihilation of a civilisation, wiped out in one cataclysmic event? For me, on a personal level, the legend of Atlantis conjured a lifelong interest in ancient civilisations, and to learn about the rich diversity our world offers. It is why I began to write stories. It sparked my imagination on what happened to these amazing cultures and what can they still teach us today.
CREDIT: NOAA/Historic NWS Collection
A few months back I read two very different books set in Athens, Greece by fellow indie authors. One is a native, the other a new resident to Greece. I was fortunate to connect with the lovely Effrosyni Moschoudi via Twitter and we exchanged emails. She kindly introduced me to Marissa Tejada, a journalist who now lives in Athens.
It’s hard to believe but the first anniversary of Accursed Women is fast approaching. A lot has happened since 30 November 2013, high and low events. The greatest achievement was the publication of Accursed Women. The book launch was a wonderful success with support from family, friends and people I hadn’t met before. It had a positive vibe and great energy. I was buzzing and so was the room full of guests.
I was surfing the web curious as to how many variations of Homer’s Iliad been made into a movie. What I found was surprising. A total of four movies; correction, three, one was a television series. Dickens’ Great Expectations, on the other hand, had seven movies and three television series created. I won’t even attempt Shakespeare’s works, it would be like the Roadrunner and Coyote episodes. Given that, some adaptations have been less than faithful to the original story, digressing so much the story is unrecognisable. Though to be fair, to write a script that fits into two hours to three maximum, would be a difficult task.