Homer and Hollywood

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.

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Lover Come Back!

The role of women in the Iliad is the central to the story, the war precipitated by the capture of a female of royal lineage along with untold wealth. From the beginning of the story, the tenth year of the war, the Greek forces are plagued with an incurable disease. How and why did it happen? Because of a woman. Female characters do feature throughout the story in one form or another and apart from Helen, one other created such havoc in the Greek camp, their champion and stalwart warrior refused to participate any further.

The taking away of Briseis, side B of a red-figure Attic skyphos. Ca. 480 BC Louvre Museum  Wikimedia commons

The taking away of Briseis, side B of a red-figure Attic skyphos.
Ca. 480 BC
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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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Greatest Warrior with a Grudge. Never a Good Thing!

It all comes down to fate, whatever a person does or decides there are always consequences. They can be good or bad, I wish for the former but as we all know that depends on the individual. Sometimes it’s a small thing and in other circumstances it is big, so huge it changes the course of events. Why is it fate? We are all destined to certain actions and decisions. We may deviate from the path at some time but somehow the lines of destiny reassert themselves. And so Agamemnon sealed his fate and those of his allies when he chose to take Briseis from Akhilleus.

The Rage of Achilles Giovanni Battista Tiepolo 1757 Wikipedia

The Rage of Achilles
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo 1757
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A War Consultant and the Art of Divination

It was common practice for ancient Greeks and many ancient cultures to visit oracles and seers before they made big decisions or to find out whether the prospects of their future looked good. There is a difference between an oracle and a seer. An oracle, usually a priest or priestess, would relay predictions as given by the gods. The Delphic Oracle, a priestess called Pythia, was the most famous in Ancient Greece and the ancient world. A seer interpreted the signs given by the gods, such as bird signs or through the process of divination. They would sacrifice an animal, either bird, bull, sheep, or goat, make note of the animal’s dying throes, the blood flow and read the entrails.

Etruscan inscriptions on the bronze sheep's liver of Piacenza Courtesy of Wikipedia

Etruscan inscriptions on the bronze sheep’s liver of Piacenza
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5 Star Review of The Curse of Troy

I asked Carrie Slager The Mad Reviewer if she would review my short story in exchange for a copy of The Curse of Troy. She gracefully said yes even though she only reviews  anthologies of short stories rather than just one short story. Carrie is well read and knows her mythology which is why I asked her to review my story.

She has written a wonderful review. Please go to her website to read the review.

Thank you Carrie.

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Helen

Scapegoat or Femme Fatale

Women since the dawn of time, have been labelled, scorned, vilified or regarded as ball-busters if they show strength. Throughout history there have been numerous examples where women were condemned: Helen of Sparta, Nefertiti, Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Mata Hari, Marilyn Monroe to just name a few. The question one has to ask is why? They’re all famous whether by chance or choice for their actions. Or was it simply the male ego, bruised and beaten because of the strength of their character?

Let’s look at Helen of Sparta and Mata Hari; both have intriguing mythologies because of their mystique and sexuality.
Each was condemned for perceived actions/behaviour: Helen who supposedly had an affair with a foreign prince that precipitated a war; and Mata Hari, an exotic dancer who was regarded as a double-agent during World War 1.

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Now on Sale: The Curse of Troy

Hello dear friends,
The day has finally arrived! The Curse of Troy is now uploaded and available to purchase.

Blurb

Helen of Troy! The most beautiful woman in the world. Her face launched a thousand ships. Betrayal, greed and power unfold in this compelling Greek tragedy. It was a war renowned throughout times gone by as the greatest and bloodiest of them all. It was a romance between two star-crossed lovers. Helen, Queen of Sparta, home-wrecker and whore, flees with her lover Paris, Prince of Troy… That’s the story known to history.

But is this all true? History is told by the victors, and facts can be changed to twist the truth. Is it possible Helen of Sparta never went to Troy? Could she be a scapegoat in a devious plan and organised by the power hungry Agamemnon?

Perhaps. This is Helen’s story in her words, as told to a wandering historian.

HelenAmazon US $1.99
Amazon UK £1.28
Kobo CAD $1.96
Smashwords US $1.99

Review for The Curse of Troy

The author has told a story worthy of a full novel with a well-accomplished suspense and anticipation.  It leaves the reader wishing for more.
Anne Marie Webster, Author Just Deserts and Jack the Lad and other stories

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Book Cover Reveal – Results

Thank you all so much for participating and voting for your favourite cover Book Cover Reveal. It was a wonderful response and a big thank you to those who commented. I have a few ideas as per suggestions for my next story and book cover.

Now for the results!

74% voted for…

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Helen

Look out for the release of The Curse of Troy on 10 January 2013 with the most voted for cover on Amazon, Smashwords and Kobo.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has visited my blog over the year. You are all wonderful. 2013 is looking to be a big year so please drop in. You are all welcome.

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