All aboard! Ship leaving port…

This is the final leg of the journey Evan and his intrepid adventurers embark on. The images I have chosen for this short PPT wasn’t easy. I have amassed some amazing photos, paintings, and maps over the number of years to help me write the Search for the Golden Serpent. The ones I have selected have been inspirational, helping me visualise what the locations must have been like at the time, and the first image was used for my book launch in 2015.


Megaron at Pylos

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Pack your water bottle, you are going to need it

For our next leg of the journey, get comfy and pour yourself a drink, we’re about to set off to Egypt.

Evan isn’t quite happy about being stuck in the ancient world and does his utmost to let dear ole dad, Zeus, know about it. In any case, he visits Carthage, rescues his Atlantean companions, and travels to Memphis. Oh… and he gets nabbed by a harpy and is saved by a goddess!

So let’s get into it!

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Eat like an Ancient Egyptian

We know a lot about the Ancient Egyptians, thanks to this great ancient civilisation. Their desire and propagandist need to disclose what they did was paramount, especially for the pharaohs. They made sure their successes were touted everywhere. Rameses II was particularly good at promoting what a powerful and good ruler he was, even when the war he waged on the Hittites wasn’t a victorious campaign. If it wasn’t for the first pharaoh, Menes, of the 1st Dynasty to the Ptolemaic period, the last ruling pharaoh Cleopatra, who recorded everything, we’d know very little about this dynamic civilisation. Thank goodness, they did!


A depiction of the royal bakery from an engraving in the tomb of Ramesses III in the Valley of the Kings. There are many types of loaves, including ones that are shaped like animals. 20th dynasty.

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Middle Eastern influences?

While researching for my series Servant of the Gods, I read articles and watched documentaries in reference to the origins of the Greek gods and goddesses. And while some originated in Ancient Greece, many of the divinities were “borrowed” from neighbouring countries such as Asia Minor, the Middle East and from the Minoans. But were the goddesses and gods of Minoan mythology a natural development or were they also taken from elsewhere?

The Council of Gods Raphael (1517-18) Courtesy of Wikipedia

The Council of Gods
Raphael (1517-18)
Courtesy of Wikipedia

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Where did the Minoans come from?

The Minoans came from somewhere, the question was where? In 2013, examination of the DNA of skeletal remains answered the puzzling enigma that surrounded the origins of the Minoans. Prior to this discovery, Sir Arthur Evans, opined the Minoans had to have come from Egypt and who were exiled from their homeland.

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The (uneasy?) marriage between fact and fiction

In the previous blog Entertainment over historical accuracy, the comments received ranged from not being impressed with the film or the depiction of Egypt and the “exodus”, the misinterpretation of information to acceptance that the film industry glosses and loosely portrays the truth. (I hope you’re not out of breath after that long sentence!) We know the main aim of the film industry is to make money. And as my colleague and fellow writer Adam Havarias pointed out, historical movies has generated interest in historical fiction.

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Entertainment over historical accuracy

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Photo credit: Twentieth Century Fox

Photo credit: Twentieth Century Fox

I watched the movie back in December 2014 when it was released here in Australia. I wanted to see it not for its historical content but for its visual depiction of Ancient Egypt. We are fortunate to live during a time where computer technology and continued archaeological discoveries can be used together to re-create these periods. As a writer of historical fiction/fantasy, I am very grateful for the advancements.

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Ingredients for disaster

‘…nine thousand was the sum of years which had elapsed since the war which was said to have taken place between those who dwelt outside the Pillars of Heracles and all who dwelt within them; this war I am going to describe. Of the combatants on the one side, the city of Athens was reported to have been the leader and to have fought out the war; the combatants on the other side were commanded by the kings of Atlantis…’
Critias, Plato

In his two dialogues, Critias and Timaeas, Plato describes an old war between the Athenians and Atlanteans. The above quote describes how much time had elapsed as told by Egyptian priests to Solon. The figure of 9,000 years has been in dispute as experts have determined the recording of years by the Egyptians may have been misinterpreted by Solon’s interpreter. Whatever the argument, the number has become a legendary part of the Atlantis myth.

"Solon, the wise lawgiver of Athens" by Walter Crane - The story of Greece : told to boys and girls (191-?) by Macgregor, Mary. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -,_the_wise_lawgiver_of_Athens.jpg#/media/File:Solon,_the_wise_lawgiver_of_Athens.jpg

“Solon, the wise lawgiver of Athens” by Walter Crane – The story of Greece : told to boys and girls (191-?) by Macgregor, Mary. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –,_the_wise_lawgiver_of_Athens.jpg#/media/File:Solon,_the_wise_lawgiver_of_Athens.jpg

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Up Up and Away

The eBook version of Search for the Golden Serpent is now live!

If you live in the northern hemisphere, you may be lucky enough to sneak in and pre-order your copy before the day is out!

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It’s not where he appears, it’s when.

What if you’re born during another time, grew up in the 21st century and then were thrust back into the past? Confused? So is architect, Evan Chronis.

Evan, drawn by screams, ventures out to his backyard and sees blood trickling down the limestone stairs. He steps off the veranda and finds himself in the days of great and marvellous power, a time when the gods ruled the universe.

To return to the 21st century life he longs for, he must risk his life in search of powerful, treasured relics older than the Holy Grail. But what he finds might be more than he expected.

Will Evan find the relics and return home or will he remain forever stuck in a world so different from his own?

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