August 31, 2020
2020 Summer Week 9
"Through mythic poetry, retold tales, and educational resources, Mythology in Verse seeks to foster a deeper understanding of traditional cultures, their impact on each other, and on the modern world."
The Epic Mythoverse
And Then, An Amazon is a modern adaptation in verse, by MiV Author in Residence Greg R. Fishbone, of the opening chapter to the Posthomerica. This Roman-era work fills the gap between the Iliad and the Odyssey with all the traditions and sources available to its 4th Century Anatolian author, Quintus of Smyrna.This week's poem, "A Table of Allies" in The Penthesileiad , continues the reception thrown by the King of Troy upon the arrival of Penthesileia and her Amazon crew. At this table, we meet some of the foreign allies who have allowed Troy to withstand nearly ten years of siege.
The ErinyesThe Erinyes, or Furies, are goddesses of Greek mythology who punish mortals for crimes against the natural order, especially deaths caused by a blood relative, whether intentional or accidental. While the original version of the Posthomerica used the Erinyes as a plot device to bring Penthesileia into the service of King Priam, my retelling keeps them around as a motivating force that externalizes Penthesileia's ongoing feelings of guilt, and her drive to move past the guilt through service to others.
Even within the safety of Troy, Penthesileia hears the Erinyes howling at any moment she thinks of her fallen sister. On the battlefield, they reappear to torment her as she fights. And in the end, a resolution between Penthesileia and her divine tormentors is required. The continued presence of Erinyes clarifies that this story is more than just a contest between two warriors, but about struggles that each confronts within themselves.
"Orestes Pursued by the Furies" (c. 1852) by Carl Rahl (1812-1865)
Manuscript in Progress:
Looking ForwardThe next poem in the story of Penthesileia will kick the Amazon reception into high gear with a confrontation between Andromache and Paris. There will also be another article, at least, deepening the background information available to help guide you through this story. There might also be a new stream--if so, it will be announced on the World Anvil Discord server beforehand.
--Greg R. Fishbone,
Author In Residence
Author In Residence