By John Spurling
The colourful retelling of the relevant Greek myths via acclaimed novelist John Spurling, writer of The 10000 Things, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for ancient Fiction
The classical Greek highbrow culture pervades approximately each element of our glossy Western civilization. Our common sense and technological know-how, our philosophy, politics, literature, structure, and paintings are all indebted to the traditional population of the small mountainous Mediterranean kingdom. And the strong myths of the Greeks, subtle through Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, and the good Greek dramatists, nonetheless resonate on the center of our culture.
Taking as his start line some of the recognized vacationer websites within the Peloponnese, the place the tales are set, John Spurling, winner of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize for old Fiction, freshly imagines key narratives from the Greek canon, together with stories of the doomed condo of Atreus (notably Agamemnon, chief of the Greeks at Troy, murdered via his spouse in his palace bathroom); of the god Apollo; goddess Athene; Theseus, scourge of the Minotaur; the Twelve Labors of Heracles; and Perseus, rescuer of Andromeda.
In this bright, gripping and infrequently grisly retelling of the Greek myths, tales of homicide, energy, revenge, love, and irritating kinfolk relationships are made new back for our time with wit and enjoy by means of a talented writer. Spurling has additional scene, discussion, and context, whereas regularly staying actual to the spirit of the unique fantasy.
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Dionysus's first love was a boy. His name was Ampelos. He played with the young god and the satyrs on the banks of the Pactolus in Lydia. Dionysus noticed the way his long hair fell on his neck, the light that glowed from his body as he climbed out of the water. When he saw him wrestling with a satyr and their feet became knotted together, he was jealous. He wanted to be the only one to fight with Ampelos. " They threw each other to the ground, and Dionysus loved it when Ampelos got him down and sat on his naked belly.
He couldn't stop fantasizing a strong, elusive woman, a woman as capable of hurting him as he was of hurting her. The time was ripe for Eros to have him longing for an even more unattainable body. He sensed in a sudden gust of wind that a woman even stronger, even more beautiful, and even more hostile than the wrestler Pallene was hiding right there in the woods : Aura. And already he knew that she would flee from him; she would never surrender. For once Dionysus decided to go it alone and in silence, free from the clamor of his Bac chants.
It has none of the faithfulness of the farmer's crop, it won't stretch out in the plowed furrow where lasion made love to Demeter, nor does it push its way up amid flourishing harvest fields, but rather in the most intractable woodland. It is a metallic tip con cealed beneath innocuous green leaves. It doesn't intoxicate to promote growth ; yeL growth sustains intoxication, as the stem of a goblet holds up the wine. Dionysus is not a useful god who helps weave or knot things together, but a god who loosens and unties.
Arcadian Nights: The Greek Myths Reimagined by John Spurling