Tag: Ancient Hellas

  • Poetry

    Poetry

    After I had completed at least three drafts of my first novel, The Olympian, A Tale of Ancient Hellas, my friend Steven Pressfield suggested, “You might want to get a copy of Noah Lukeman’s book The First Five Pages.  I think you will find it helpful.”  That is a typical understatement from a great author.…

  • 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, 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, Second Movement

    The Olympian, Second Movement

    The Olympian, A Tale of Ancient Hellas.  A film treatment in eight movements. Second Movement – Divine Birth: As they prepare to rest on their second night in the forest, the eldest Thasian, Parmenides tells Simonides that he has reason to believe that Theagenes is indeed the physical son of Herakles, the divine hero and…