Demeter’s town

To continue with the blog series (that is hiccupping along!) I had begun last year. Click here to have a quick refresher of the infographic I created as an overview of the locations featured in my book The Labyrinthine Journey. In this post, we will be heading to Eleusis, renowned for the ‘mysteries’, and where the legend of Demeter and Persephone was ignited.

Map of Eleusis. Heritage management http://www2.aueb.gr/heritage/260.php

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Fatal Lust, Fatal Consequences

‘What is left when honour is lost?’
Publilius Syrus

To love and be loved is the greatest desire every person hopes to have. It is human nature, written in our DNA since the conception of people. The image of stone-age man dragging a female by her hair, whether correct hypothesis or not, is a scene a few may recognise. The point is love is an illogical emotion, it makes people do things they may not normally do. Maslow understood this as he ranked it as number 3 on his hierarchy of need:

• Social Needs – belongingness, affection and love, – from work group, family, friends, romantic relationships.

He believed people are ‘motivated to achieve certain needs’ and when you succeed that level you move onto the next. So was Paris motivated by need or the desire to possess the most beautiful woman in the world?

Enrique Simonet (1866–1927)  Spanish: El juicio de Paris The Judgement of Paris The painting shows the Judgment of Paris, an event in Greek mythology. Figures, from left to right: The goddesses Athena, Hera and Aphrodite, then Aphrodite's son, Eros, and Paris. 1904 Museum of Málaga  Wikimedia

Enrique Simonet (1866–1927)
Spanish: El juicio de Paris
The Judgement of Paris
The painting shows the Judgment of Paris, an event in Greek mythology. Figures, from left to right: The goddesses Athena, Hera and Aphrodite, then Aphrodite’s son, Eros, and Paris.
1904
Museum of Málaga
Wikimedia

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The Birth of a New Empire

The notion of royalty being a part of the armed forces is not a new one and goes back thousands of years. Princes William and Harry are fulfilling a long line of royalty commitment to defence. Throughout history, there are written accounts of members of the royal family from the king to the prince/s that went to war. Some, as it were only in title but many did fight. It was their duty to lead. King Ramesses II led his legions of Egyptians during the most famous and propagandist battles of Kadesh, blazing across the desert on his chariot. The kings of the Greek city-states led their men and the leaders of the Trojan allies were commanded by kings and/or princes. One, however, was notable for his prowess as a warrior akin to Hektor was also the founding father of Rome.

Aeneas fleeing with Anchisis, Iulos and a fourth person from Troy, protected by Aphrodite circa 510 BC; found in Etruria  Kestner-Museum, Hanover Germany  Picture taken by Marcus Cyron Wikipedia

Aeneas fleeing with Anchisis, Iulos and a fourth person from Troy, protected by Aphrodite
circa 510 BC; found in Etruria
Kestner-Museum, Hanover Germany
Picture taken by Marcus Cyron
Wikipedia

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Enigmatic, Evocative and Enduring Myth of Worship Part 2

Rites and rituals form a part of our daily lives whether we participate consciously or not. Today, ‘rites’ and ‘rituals’ can relate to a series of actions or behaviour done regularly, such as going to work every day. It can also relate to certain conventions or habits like players gathering in a pre-match huddle. Each word can be defined as:

Rites: a formal act prescribed in [religious] ceremonies.
Collins Dictionary, 1989

Ritual: a prescribed order for performing a ritual ceremony that is consistently followed.
Collins Dictionary, 1989

Phryne on the Poseidon's celebration in Eleusis (1889) Henryk Siemiradski State Russian Museum

Phryne on the Poseidon’s celebration in Eleusis (1889)
Henryk Siemiradski
State Russian Museum

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Death Has a Face

No one truly knows what happens after a person dies, this is one area science cannot investigate or solve. It is a cycle of life. It happens to humans, animals and flora yet why do we dread it? The not knowing is what drives most fears and death is an unknown entity. I believe there is more to this corporeal state and once we shed this mortal coil, we move onto another plane of life. Or perhaps we come back in another lifetime to complete unfinished business. I quite like this idea. Still have plenty to do. What I love about Greek Mythology is the storytellers’ attempt to explain what they couldn’t understand and Hades epitomised this desire to finding out what happens.

Hades by Agostino Carraci Museo Estense, Modena Italy

Hades by Agostino Carraci 1592
Museo Estense, Modena Italy

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Doubly Blessed, 5 Star Reviews

Do you ever stop and think about all the work you do is starting to pay off? It has been a slow and gradual growth. Though nothing happens unless you work hard and long hours. Don’t get me wrong, there is still a long, and I mean long way to go just yet before I see the fruits of my labour.

I have been doubly blessed by the amazing reviews written by Scott Whitmore Things That Cross My Mind and Carrie Slager The Mad Reviewer. These reviewers are amazing and extremely busy people and I for one, am grateful to them. It takes time not only to read stories but also to sit and write reviews. I am just branching out in writing reviews and it is not easy.

The Loves of the Gods by Annibale Carracci (1560-1609)

The Loves of the Gods
by Annibale Carracci
(1560-1609)

I asked Carrie and Scott to read my latest short story A Goddess’ Curse in exchange for a copy of my story. You can read their reviews by visiting their sites. 

I would also like to take the time to thank Nicole McManus Ariesgrl Book Reviews. She read and reviewed Aphrodite’s Curse and posted a fantastic review.

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Time for Introductions

In conjunction with the Olympian Gods series, I will be writing about the characters featured in my short stories and novels. I thought it was time for you to meet them. They’ve been at me for a little exposure, actually some would call it badgering. I agreed to write about them so they would stop harassing me.

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The First Domestic Goddess

In recent years due to the increasing popularity of cooking shows, a number of ‘cooks’ have become famous, with Nigella Lawson as prime example. Of course Julia Childs must be included, she did pave the way for cooking shows on television. But credit must be given to Hestia, Goddess of the Hearth. If it wasn’t for Hestia, the concept of home and hearth would perhaps never be realised.

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The Mother of All Headaches

Have you ever had one of those bad headache days where you feel as if your skull is going to split in two? Or feel like your head is in a vice and squeezed till you almost pass out? Anyone who’s had a migraine will understand. So when Zeus had a monster headache did he ever consider out would pop Athene! Unusual yes, but like most Greek Myths, the birth of the gods had unique beginnings. He, however did swallow Athene at birth, so what did he expect? She’d stay there forever? Not likely.

Birth_of_Athena

The Birth of Athena
(From a vase painting)
Drawing from XIX c. German book

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