I have failed to post any Bardot Blogs this year, and for that I render my profuse apologies. I have many excuses. however. All of them relate to my publishing activities after a whole year spent at promoting Bardot Books to literary agents and other forms of author representation. Concluding my failure at all that in December, since the beginning of 2019 I’ve been catching up on three separate manuscripts relating to a continuing serialization of Bardot Books. Below the results already released or near and soon pending to release.
I wish I had not learned so much about the very sorry state of Classical Studies, whether at language study, or related social science disciplines or about worst selling fictional literary releases into popular historical genre. The entire field remains at plummet into a dearth of any popularity whatsoever. What Classical Studies once had, and should have still, but most apparently cannot be resurrected or accomplished. That goal seems unattainable. Only books of non-fiction, mostly academic releases to and for our erudite publics, seem to be popularly received. I can attest to many excellent non-fiction releases of Classics subjects that aren’t merely literary interpretations out of the Humanities.
I thought I’d take some time out to explain about such woeful circumstances. It’s not just thoughts about your S W Bardot
Awhile my searches for literary agents, I had thought my seventy-five years was the problem behind my inquiry letters so long and belatedly ignored — or passed to round files — before a reply was sent back to me. Those who so greatly assisted me have not thought me so bad, but it also became clear that the rejection notices made clear that my submissions and samples weren’t read They did point out that authors of prehistoric fiction of the Greeks and Anatolians of the Late Aegean Bronze Age have been subsumed within a terrible record of releases since the 1970s. Fictional sales have been deplorable. That makes it very difficult to make a case for any paradigm as popularization of Antiquity through fictional stylizations. It really has come down to the incredibility of any such pitch, given the terrible sales record of historical fiction in general.
That now said and admitted, I’ve returned to prehistorical maritime history and am again an Early Greek Mythologist and sometime mythographer, I assess the problem ahead of me differently. I have to be a contented autodidact because there really isn’t anything alive today as a High Professoriat at Greek Mythology or any exalted expertise by the naval architecture and theoretical performance of warships launched into the Second Era of Great Oared Vessels, So I have to be a lay person’s kind of writer while I address the robustness of the LABA geography and famous personages in both depth and breadth for lay person audiences.
What goads me in particular is the insistent invalidity. still so glaringly obvious, inherent the so-called Pre-Classical Tradition to which classical and humanities scholars must bend in genuflection. That is the wisdom of all ages accorded to the academic claim, that only the Ancient Greeks could know about their prehistoric forbears, and only Homer and Hesiod have legitimately expounded that lore of their forbears. That’s pretty hard to take considering that the Ancient Greeks didn’t like much their female forbears, way back when their men were too willing to subordinate themselves to their regimes. Too, most illustrious and greatest women of saga, legend and epic were transformed into monsters by Classical Greek Mythology, 500 BC, ff.
It seems to me very definite that the Ancient Greeks were terrible historians. They also have been proven completely unmindful of such skills as correlative dating of mythic biographies in real past time to the regions which they lived in or ruled.. That also goes for the names and spans of years, decades or centuries of oldest regions. That’s why so much prehistory is lost in time that the Ancients didn’t really want to find it for themselves ever again. The worst of that PCT is how many of the ancient mythographers sought to actually expunge real male and female forbears who genuinely lived under some grace or divine auspice while making themselves paragons and their people luminous and illustrious.
My Fictional Paradigm:
Biography of two mythic persons, Odysseus and Penelope, both out of epic fiction. They actually lived through the real history of the Trojan War Era. Furthermore, they are in proof that the war was, in fact, a most robust warfare for them, even as they have become tainted by history written long after the war’s genesis — indeed, a thoroughly dishonest honest fiction in proof of how they supposedly existed but did not..
That I have sought far back into what had been expunged has been rewarded. Oldest pasts now come anew to clarity, The rewards are why I’ve been a proponent of the New Greek Mythology. Without any harangue upon the Anceint Greeks, its opera shun all Pre-Classical Tradition wrought by dictatorial revisionists, peckish censors and just plain wrong Classical Greek Mythographers such as the Classical Greek dramatists . They all dictate the Olympian Pantheon, an orthodox polytheism which insistently places its twelve deities so far past that even an idiot of Athens knew they barely existed or could dominate oldest and most ascendant prehistorical times of Greece.
It’s not that those gods and goddesses weren’t manifest at some earliest stage of their geneses: Rather, they simply had not the attributes which were finally associated with, say,. Zeus son-of-Rheia, the Man-God more Cretan than he ever was Greek until his finally attributed omnipotence afterwards the Trojan War Era. Apollo and Artemis were very late coming out of Anatolia as Archer Deities; they practiced originally the special proficiency to shoot silent darts of deathly aim that carried plague, infection and infliction upon offensive persons. Poseidon was first ever the Lord God of Fonts and Springs, when he wasn’t the Anatolian Horse God, or the Greek Earth Quaker and Cretan Consort to the Sea Mistress Amphitrite (who was herself earliest named — get this — Poseidonia). Athena was erstwhile a Matron Goddess of Attica, before she became the Patron Matron Goddess over the Athenians There’s no kind of anchoring of the Olympians’ prehistorical periods attributes and powers by ciontrast to their later mythic story book identities. Lost are their fleeting counterparts ethnically and narrowly based, and hardly universal once sprung into the centuries 1600 to 1200 BC, during which Ancient Greek Civilization incubated and percolated into the final imperial ages of humankind.
The New Greek Mythology, therefore, can be the savings of Classical Studies — through expository fiction far better than non-fiction proofs of history. It can convey the essential intellectual honesty that really isn’t new at all. But it does claim that Earliest Greek Mythology recited and rhapsodized anew through bards roaming and roving during the Great Oral Tradition long before the most original mythic masterpieces about forbears living from 1640 to 1220 BC. It owned up to much historicity and plainly told realities about a past put to plot motifs of explanatory story-telling which engaged a genuine curiosity for whatever the deepest pasts were that could become orally recited. It wasn’t the earliest Greeks’ fault that mortal humankind was a last of perhaps five “live” creations, only the last of which was born of a virginal Gaia the Earth Mother without seed of god or titan.
The Oldest Greeks who etched Linear B tablets never found implausible that Earth was at most 10,000 years old, the last 1,000 of which was a splendiferous Idyll from 3,500 BC to 1600 BC. Even so I’m sure that they believed in Global Warming and Cooling which was by no inducement or polluting from humankind. The Idyll was the reason that so many Greeks and Anatolians thrived without toil, living off the land fruits, nuts and greens while also devouring the juicy roasted creatures that they spitted over char fires. So for the seas, too, whereby simply wading in and peering below the surface, all kinds of edible swimming beasties could be caught by hands alone, but likewise spitted on char fire.
I’m sorry that I find so much of Greek Mythology at its earliest so real and very plausible by reading the minds of originalists at mythic recitations. I love that they had near perfect aural memories of whatever they had recited to them; or they recited perfectly to others most eager to hear them whereby to pass on all the same words said for other audiences to enjoy most greatly as their original compositions.
So, my apology as recently a poor raconteur by writ. Hopefully a sin accepted for being confessed by my regular and oldest readers, let’s continue onward to tell and say of the earliest Greeks for just what they most likely were like. Let their gods and goddesses, their titans and titanesses, be immanent parts of our new immersions into the oldest of their far pasts. I also must admonish you, as I have to all readers of my now completed serialization, Cephalos War of Eleusis, that I regularly posture myself as the translator of the prehistorical period contemporaneous to Mentor son-of-Alkimos. A most literate and obscure earliest Greek, he lived from 1285 BC until some year of his death in the 1210s decade BC. He’s been the making of me, even as I have made him, too, as his avid translator.
Last to say, for each of the five books in series about Cephalos, I have composed the same Translator’s Forward. I reproduce it again below in final edification……….
for the Bardot Group of Scholars of Antiquity.
P. S. Even expert mythologists are best reminded of what the Greek word muthos. means besides “tale,” of “bit of fiction” in amost generic sense. It also has the meaning of “plot” in a literary sense. Of course, a plot can be most anything, but usually its a fictional measn to an non-fictional end, or purpose, called an aitia. By long practice at examining myths that purpose themselves to Greek historicity, a lot of the plots are about first incidents and instances of culural, religious or social habitudes. They are a mean to defining the existential premise of habits or fist instances in explanation of accepted history, incidents and accepted practices. A nice way for lay persons to get a handle on myths is to consider them “bit plots” or “bites out a a great whole.”…….SWB