Tag: 300 Spartans

  • The Olympian, Eighth and Final Movement

    The Olympian, Eighth and Final Movement

    The Olympian, A Tale of Ancient Hellas.  A film treatment in eight movements. Eighth Movement – The Exile Welcomed Home: Simonides completes his narrative.  The Thasians are humbled and now understand that it is indeed Theagenes and his statue that the Oracle refers to as “the exile that must be welcomed back.”  A year has…

  • The Olympian, Seventh Movement

    The Olympian, Seventh Movement

    The Olympian, A Tale of Ancient Hellas.  A film treatment in eight movements. Seventh Movement – The Grave: After Xerxes’ million-man army has moved on, Simonides and Theagenes descend the cliffs to the killing ground.  Exhausted, Simonides cannot resist sleep.  When he awakes, he finds that Theagenes has dug a trench “100 paces long.”  Simonides is…

  • The Olympian, Sixth Movement

    The Olympian, Sixth Movement

    The Olympian, A Tale of Ancient Hellas.  A film treatment in eight movements. Sixth Movement – Thermopylae: Simonides follows Theo as the boxer flees from Olympia to Thermopylae carrying his Olympic prize.  They save days by cutting across the Corinthian Gulf where Theo waits for the old man.  As they approach Thermopylae from the southwest,…

  • The Olympian, Fifth Movement

    The Olympian, Fifth Movement

    The Olympian, A Tale of Ancient Hellas.  A film treatment in eight movements. Fifth Movement – The Olympic Games: Simonides tells his new friends what the games are like, the rituals, the ceremonies.  He relates the stade, the opening race, a 200-meter sprint, but focuses on the pyx, the boxing competition.  The Pyx is brutal…

  • The Olympian, Fourth Movement

    The Olympian, Fourth Movement

    The Olympian, A Tale of Ancient Hellas.  A film treatment in eight movements. Fourth Movement – The Poet Meets the Boxer: After gaining passage to Thasos with the Egyptian merchant Khepri, Simonides recalls his journey to the 76th Olympiad and his encounter with a pair of Spartans who travel to the games with Leonidas’s message…