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Birth of the Helots

We follow my characters to Messene as they zigzag across the Peloponnese so they may reach Delphi. The city was founded in the 4th Century BC but before then, and according Pausanias, the region of Messenia had small settlements. ‘…I do not believe any city called Messene ever existed; I rest this opinion  largely on Homeric epic. …there is a…

Welcome to Nestor’s Place

‘…the Sun leapt up into the brazen firmament to bring light to the immortals and to mortal men on the fruitful earth. The travellers now came to Pylos, the stately citadel of Neleos….’ Homer The Odyssey, Book 2, 1-4 To continue with the journey… ancient greeksAncient Historyarchitectureartscreative storyGreek Mythologyhomer the iliadiliad and the odysseyinspirationlegendary talestravelvacationwriting

The Only Greek Post in Egypt

So, my characters need to leave Egypt and head north following the Nile River. They find themselves arriving at a unique city, different to the Egyptian metropolis’ they had been to, and the city’s plan follows a formulated grid. The place was Naukratis, and the only Greek colony founded during the 26th Dynasty (circa 664 BC).…

The Ages of Man

I was fossicking around in my collection of books looking for sources relating to research on a new idea for a story when I happened across a thin book: Hesiod’s Theogony and Works and Days. It may be thin in size but definitely not in its telling. I bought it some years back now and remembered…

Thebes (Egypt)

The next location my characters travel to is Ancient Thebes. In the time period the story is set, Thebes is no long the great and thriving metropolis it once was during the New Kingdom. It only serves as a religious centre for the pharaoh and Egyptians. It was during the Middle Kingdom, when the city rose to prominence and…

Man, Monuments, Memphis

The city of Memphis is the next destination for my characters. In the time set for my story, the real Memphis was no longer occupied, however with the magic of fiction it comes to life. It is from this exotic city the characters sail from and head for Thebes. ancient egyptancient egyptianscreative processegypt experienceliteraturemiddle egyptmiddle-eastpoliticstravelvacationwriting

Why I Write

‘Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ‘ William Wordsworth   captioncreative processcreative storyheartliteraturenbsptravelvacationwilliam wordsworthwriting

The Nile River

The importance of the Nile River to the Ancient Egyptians was everything. The river was their life, literally. We know water is an importance source and without it life would perish, but for the Egyptians it had the status of a god. And rightly so. Its value was so highly prized, they had attached many…

A Greek Settlement in North Africa

Now, to get back to the story… my character managed to obtain passage on a merchant ship and convinces the captain to sail to Cyrene (Kyrene in Greek). He learnt this is where his fellow companions had been taken and held prisoner by the king. Cyrene (present day Shahhat) was founded in 630 BC by colonists…

Head Space or Head Case?

I have to admit in these last few days, my head has not been in the right space. Since Sunday’s cyclone and with an impending one looming in the next few hours, I could not even think about writing. I did try. I have 3 writing projects going: my first manuscript under edit; the third…