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M.A. Project

June 10, 2011

My M.A. Project is a fantasy story set in Bronze Age Greece in the area then known as the Encircling Isles (the Cyclades).  The story follows the fortunes of Anna and Janis whose relationship comes under strain just before they leave Thera (Santorini) to attend the games in Delos.  Anna rejects Janis’s advances after he wins the round-island race and they depart for separate destinations.  Janis boards a ship for Corinth to train for the Isthmian games, is thrown overboard during a storm and ends up in Delphi where he finds work building the Temple of Apollo. Although bound to the Temple of Artemis, Anna travels to Athens to become a scribe at the Temple of Apollo on Mount Lycabettos.  There she is befriended by Eidokos.

Anna and Janis’s paths cross again during the Panatheneon (the Athenian games).  He helps Eidokos to rescue her from the King and the three of them escape to Melos.  Eight months later, on the eve of the volcanic eruption on Thera (the source of the myth of Atlantis), a child is born.  The story is narrated by this child who returns to Thera to lay their bones to rest forty years later.

That is the basis of the story so far.  A story inspired by my love of Greece, history, mythology and fantasy.  Following my own engagement at the foot of the acropolis in Athens, I have visited family in the area several times since and taken several tours around the mainland, including Olympia and Delphi (one of my favourite sacred places).  Last year I fulfilled a lifelong dream and spent a week on Santorini.



From → Creative Writing

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  1. Steve permalink

    I like the sound of your story so far, there’s plenty to go at here. Now all you have to do is decide on a style of writing, your character’s individual voices and how you are gonna make it original (amongst other things). Looks like I’ll get a chance to comment further using Blackboard when we start our projects in July. I’m looking forward to writing my story as well as seeing what everyone else comes up with. Anyway, I like your blog, it’s very easy to navigate and the simple style means it’s easy/pleasurable to read. Cheers, Steve

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