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A Prince from a land of Thieves?

Wars are won or lost on a number of strategic factors: the greatest fighters, a well-equipped army, ferocious weaponry, and a well thought out ploy. Given these all played out on the plain of Troy another major element was integral in the final outcome of the war. Each side had allies, whereas the Akhaians were predominantly Greek, the Trojans bolstered their numbers from neighbouring states, empires with whom they had trade treaties.

An ally is:
(Noun)
• A state formally cooperating with another for a military or other purpose.
(Verb)
Ally something to/with
• Combine or unite a resource or commodity with (another) for mutual benefit.
Oxford Dictionary

Patroclus (naked, on the right) kills Sarpedon (wearing Lycian clothes, on the left) with his spear, while Glaucus comes to the latter's help., ca. 400 BC.  Museo Nazionale Archaeologico of Policoro. AuthorJastrow Wikipedia

Patroclus (naked, on the right) kills Sarpedon (wearing Lycian clothes, on the left) with his spear, while Glaucus comes to the latter’s help., ca. 400 BC.
Museo Nazionale Archaeologico of Policoro.
Author Jastrow
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Going once, Going twice, oh what the heck here’s a deal for you

40% off the RRP on Accursed Women

For the next four weeks, Accursed Women will be on sale on Smashwords for $3.59 US
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If you like to hold a hardcopy of the book as I do and prefer to buy a print version of Accursed Women, please contact me.

I’d be grateful if you share or let others know about the deal. Plus a review would be great! Thanking you in advance.

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Five stories, five women, five legends.

Phaedra, a Minoan princess, marries out of duty and to safeguard her precious home. She falls in love with Hippolytos, her husband’s son and asks the Goddess Aphrodite for help. He spurns her affections.

The Trojan War, one of history’s greatest stories ever told. What if the legend as told is wrong? History is told by the victors, and facts changed to twist the truth. Is it possible Helen of Sparta never went to Troy?

Hera, Queen of the Gods, is the most powerful goddess on Mount Olympos. For the first time ever in a candid interview, Hera shares what it’s like to be a goddess and wife to Zeus, the King of the Gods.

Created by the gods as a gift to humanity, Pandora is the first woman on Earth. Did she know what Zeus intended when he presented an urn as a wedding dowry to her husband? Neither she nor Epimetheus knew what it contained, but they were told never to open it.

All Medousa wanted was a life of love and acceptance but one fateful night it changed. While she’s alone in the Temple of Athene tending to the sacred fire, Poseidon pays a visit. No human can stop an immortal from taking what they want.

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Who were the Trojans and where did they come from?

Many scholars, including Carl Blengen American archaeologist who worked at the site in the 1930s, believed the Trojans were of Greek origin. This conjecture was attributed to the Greek names given to the characters in the Iliad but that isn’t the case. Homer mentioned a close relationship between the Trojan allies and in particular with the Dardanians. Excavations at the site of Troy/Ilios/Troya/Troia have found artefacts that showed the Trojans were in fact indigenous to the region and related to the Indo-European people who migrated to the area.

An artist's impression of Troy VIh/VIi in around 1400 BC http://www.historyfiles.co.uk/KingListsMiddEast/AnatoliaTroy.htm

An artist’s impression of Troy VIh/VIi in around 1400 BC
http://www.historyfiles.co.uk/KingListsMiddEast/AnatoliaTroy.htm

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I am King, Hear Me Roar!

What qualities make a great leader? Is it their ability to lead by example, having respect for others or it is a right, a role inherited such as a king? Whichever it may entail, a leader can make or break a situation. The question remains, did Agamemnon possess the desired virtues to lead thousands of men? His decisions and actions both prior and during the protracted war with the Trojans determined the outcome not only for himself but for many others. A flawed character and perhaps besides Odysseus one that is easily identifiable.

Agamemnon seated on a rock and holding his sceptre, identified from an inscription. 410–400 BC. Museo Nazionale Archeologico in Taranto (Italy). Photo by Jastrow Wikimedia

Agamemnon seated on a rock and holding his sceptre, identified from an inscription. 410–400 BC. Museo Nazionale Archeologico in Taranto (Italy).
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Cuckold, Fool or Manhood Takes a Hit

‘You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbour’s.’
The Ten Commandments, Exodus 20:2-17

When it comes to infidelity, there will be always the one who’d been wronged and they’ll want retribution. After all, they have been morally and emotionally offended by the betrayal. And who can blame them? In the case of the King of Sparta, it was never made clear whether his wife was abducted or had left of her own accord. Regardless of how or why, justice was sought with the combined armed forces of Greece. Whether Helen was innocent in this whole epic affair was not a consideration, she was blamed for ‘leaving’ her husband and baby daughter.

Menelaus Giacomo Brogi circa 1881 Vatican Museum Wikipedia

Menelaus
Giacomo Brogi circa 1881
Vatican Museum
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Greek Mythology Revisited by BBC

A subscriber of my e-Bulletin emailed me some months back to let me know about a new television series produced by BBC called Atlantis, based on Greek mythology. It follows the adventures of three friends Jason, Hercules and Pythagoras in the mythical city Atlantis. The stories blend a variety of Greek myths and though many are chronologically out of context, I must admit to enjoying the series.

Stills from TV series BBC One http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01crz36

Still from TV series
BBC One
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01crz36

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The Man Behind the Wooden Horse

For ten long years’ war raged between the Greeks and Trojans with no end in sight. Each side equally matched, both in valour and skilled fighters. It was the era of the golden age, men with a status of demi-gods and many others favoured by the immortals. The war won with a trick, a ruse which duped the Trojans and sealed their fate. Hektor’s funeral marks the conclusion of the Iliad, there’s no mention of how and who wins the conflict. Yet how it was won has become part of the story’s lore. It is also why many people believe Homer is not the author of both the Iliad and Odyssey. Those who have been following my blog know what my thoughts are and new readers may refer back to the post.

Scenes of the Trojan War Odysseus second from left Antalya Archaeological Museum Wikipedia

Scenes of the Trojan War
Odysseus second from left
Antalya Archaeological Museum
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