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Plato’s Atlantis

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,…

Greece is the Word

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…

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…

I Speak but No one Listens!

Have you ever said something so profound or honest in your convictions and not believed? It happened and still does, though I’d like to think we are more broadminded and perceptive. I am however reminded of the story of Peter and the Wolf, and the whoppers he told. There’d be a lesson, one for Peter…

Greek Hero Dies of Shame

Aias (Ajax the Great) came from the island of Salamis where the famous sea battle occurred during the second Persian War when the Greeks destroyed Xerxes’ fleet. Homer refers to Aias as ‘the great’ because of his size, not only taller than the average Akhaians but also broad-shouldered and powerful. He stood out in the…

Listen to Your Elders!

Agamemnon praises the elderly warrior King Nestor of Pylos: ‘Father Zeus, Athene and Apollo, give me ten such advisers as Nestor, and the town of lord Priam would soon be captured, sacked and turned over to Greek hands!’ Homer, The Iliad, Book 2, Lines: 371-374 ancient greek mythologyFather ZeusGreek Gods and GoddessesheroesHomerhomer the iliadKing Nestormyths…

I’m a Believer

There were many characters in the story of The Iliad and I’m not counting the Olympian gods! The bards in Homer’s time, before and since, had unique mnemonic tricks to remember these legends as well as music to provide cues during the telling. The tale contains over 15,600 lines and though not considered the longest…

Battle-lust, Blood-lust and Lust!

Throughout history wars have impacted the world with its many guises. The desire for power, to rule, to dominate were and are the driving forces that impelled war. Even in our own time, battles rage from the most publicised events to ones that don’t make the media headlines. From the days of the cave man,…

Storyboards or scenes?

A friend one day asked me about how I plan my story and if I used a storyboard to set it out. Though storyboarding is a great tool, I find it restrictive. I prefer to brainstorm ideas and from that develop a comprehensive outline of what to put in the story. For instance, I am working…