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The Archival Chronicles of Mentor son-of-Alkimos

Volume I: Archival Chronicles I-V, by Five Book Releases:

Cephalos Ward of Eleusis:

Bardot Books has so far offered the first three releases from its five-book volume of translations drawn from oldest Greek lietracy and culture. They've composed from the Archival Chronicles of Mentör, son of Alkimos (born in 1285 BC). In a style of proto-history, S. W. Bardot translates from the Bardot Group's philological mastery of scripted Linear B, a form of Oldest Greek. By other scholars of antiquity whose expertise has been Mentör's writ, Bardot Books contributes a contemporary narrator, a Master, who's yet another conceit of the Bardot Group. That author/narrator looks back from an ensuing century, that of the Trojan War Era, from within his own long lifetime during the Thirteenth century BC.

All book offerings in series are easily purchased online by such retailing, at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in particular. A link to the latter for Book Three goes http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cephalos-ward-of-eleusis-sw-bardot/1125848995?ean=9781937650810. Please be alerted that after the final release, Book Five, we shall incorporate in expeditious fashion all books into an offering of an e-Book entitled Cephalos Ward of Eleusis.

 

BOOK ONE: PRELUDE TO A NAVAL GENIUS

 

 

This Book stages off Cephalos' mother, the Eleusian High Prestess, the entitled Diomeda, and Attican Princess Hersë. There's also his father, Deion, a martial-at-arms most capable of imbuing his son with the broad tactical repertoire he exercised for eight years at overland warfare against enemy encroachment throughout the north mainland of the Greek Peninsula. Throughout Cephalos' boyhood and early teenage years, his parents and extended branch royal family -- the sons-of-Kekrops or the Kekropids so-called -- offer him ample resources and collaborations that shall enable the lad highly skilled artisan commoners and ennobled comrades. The latter akin to the Kekropids, their own career ascendancies increasingly introduce men nearest his age. They coalesce into covert and ambitious coalitions of royal youths, both sexes of them in avid support of his naval genius. Against him, in this first book are the High Kingdom of Kadmeis, a precursor to Ancient Thebes; and the Minyans of the North Plains, a nation race often misnamed the Achaeans.

His Birth in Eleusis:


Without previewing the extensive mythological analysis that has distilled Cephalos' biography, allow that he was born in 1389 BC and lived until 1305/1305. His life performed a destiny to enact two entirely separate lives, the first beginning with his birth at Eleusis upon the Saronic Gulf. This open inland waterway cleaves the Greek Peninsula from the east as far as its Isthmus. His mother was Hersë, a princess born to the House of Erechtheus over Attica as an only daughter of Kekrops and his wife Metiadusa, a high priestess and supreme sister over the Sanctuary of Eleusis. She lived as a little girl in Eleusis after her father, banished from Attica on account of calumny against his religious edicts, died at her age almost six years old; she then returned to Attica upon the accession of her brother Pandion, who ruled Attica for twelve years most effectively and competently. He, too, was deposed, however, by the same patron clan chiefs that had deposed Kekrops. Hersë returned to Eleusis where her mother abdicated her sacral entitlements, easing the now princess and priestess of two distinct realms into her most influential title of Diomeda, to live as the Supreme Sister Sacral & Majestic over Eleusis Shrine and its dedicated conservatories upon the inland Thriasian Plain.

Attendant that event of female sacral accession to a revered title, Pandion came to treaty compact with his much younger sister Hersë. He intended to advance his own sons over any son of Hersë by any future restoration of their branch loyal lineage as dynastic over Attica. Thus a severe compromise of the claim rights of any son that Hersë, his sister, might bear. Agreeable that her any son should subordinate himself to his first cousins, the Kekropids, she bore Cephalos in order to affect a great naval peace complimentary to what his father Deion was performing to a great peace throughout the north mainland. In return for her acquiescence to Pandion, moreover, Eleusis was safeguarded as a most hallowed matriarchate. Instead of bearing an heiress, Hersë bore an only son, Cephalos.

Father and mother divorced after eight years had elapsed of their failure to produce an heiress presumptive. As subsequent events and developments would prove, Hersë would forever regret why and how her estrangement from Deion. She would never regret, however, that her only child in life was by such a capable consort, because Deion rewarded her so manifestly through his parentage of Cephalos.

Later, his lifetime upon the Eleusis Sound shall culminate in his attained royal and naval illustriousness to win him a brilliant and divinely gifted greatest love in his life. This first book introduces her as Skia of Aphidnai, a girl four years older than Cephalos by that dominion. She's introduced as a grown girl whose gift is her incarnation of Eos, Titaness Goddess of the Dawn. Eos' Sanctuary, at east coastal Brauron of Bay Attica, is predestined to receive her at her age twelve years old as their future paramount High Sister.

 

BOOK TWO: CEPHALOS & THE KEKROPIDS

 

 

Attica & The Kekropids by the House of Erechtheus:


Pandion and Hersë may have complicated the many outsets in life of both Cephalos and his four much older first cousins in fellowship with him, but they shall all prove to be brilliant on account of their faith and trust in a little boy, the only son of their aunt Hersë. Aigeus shall become a Regent Custodian over Attica before he becomes the region's King. Pallas will become vice-regent over Aktika, the Lower Peninsula of Attica, where a considerable cattle land and repository of mineral wealth. Nisos shall become the vice-regent over Aktë, or Gulf Attica, but he abdicates for the sake of his father Pandion and mother Pylia, co-regents over Alakathöos of the Upper Isthmus. Lykos shall take over those responsibilities of land stewardship and vice-regency, although he's earliest the vice-regent over Bay Attica, or Aktaia. They four brothers, therefore, became the highest royal Kekropids of a next, succeeding generation to Pandion and Hersë. Despite great disparity in their ages, at a short generation apart from Cephalos, they made him their fifth paragon once he, their youngest male relative, proved so immensely cooperative and able at all their collaborations with each other. Nisos and Lykos greatly assisted each other's rapid ascendancies into adult life through their many agencies created for Cephalos to fulfill. Throughout their prime years of manhood and earliest influences over Attica, then, they build ascendancy and burgeon of prosperity for all the rim powers and realms upon the Saronic Gulf. For expository purposes and thematic scope, Book Two centers upon Cephalos' earliest biography in voiced rendition of Mentör's hagiography of Cephalos. The book is also a vast regional proto-history set against the definitive prehistories of the North Rim Powers, about Attica in particular.

Cephalos at Juggernaut


Cephalos was allowed a meteoric rise to the status of Merchant Prince and foremost maritime magnate. From 1380 he was a lad, but by 1360 BC he had become a Navarch (Admiral), a Consort Prince and a High Prince Consort. Along that passage of his lifetime he became a commodore over a small coast guard, from 1374 BC ff, and a navarch over an armada intent upon rebellion, from 1368 BC ff. His earliest formed navy, of warships and merchant ships, was set against the broader tableau and definitively known prehistory of Crete. The so-called Mother Island was still an imperial sea power under the House of Minos, but it was entering its years of rapid degeneracy by 1370 BC. Before then the youthful lives of Cephalos and the priestess postulant Skia run their parallel courses, until the Book's few last pages, whereupon their chance to behold each other for a first time, but even at that first time, for her, she beholds the man whom her Goddess as sent her dreams about.

BOOK THREE: PRINCE CONSORT OF MAGNESIA

 

 

Book III in series furthers our restoration of what Classical Greek Myth expunged of Cephalos’ biography. He’s already become paramount for his earliest formative coalition of small navies attendant to a great maritime commerce. Those navies center around Greece’s Saronic Gulf, where his naval genius, introduced through Book II in series as briefed above, has him realizing the Second Era of Great Oared Vessels. His establishment of a coherent war navy of small class galleys, prototypes to Triakonters, shall prove propitious to that exact realization

We now move beyond his birthplace in Eleusis. Twice born royal by his mother’s exalted lineages, he’s propelled by that stature further up the north mainland, into the Bay of Pagasai of earliest Magnesia. He’s had a falling out with his first cousin, the regent Custodian of Attica, Aigeus. It shall prove brief, but Cephalos’ absence shall hasten a reconciliation of an unjust rupture. He has to leave his naval ascendancy for his best friends to carry on, while he takes up the invitation to suit for a very young princess—the future Queen of the obscure realm, Magnesia.

Book III recites of the late 1370s, with Cephalos at his middle teenage years. Beginning with an invitation to court the Princess of Magnesia, a former Aeolian Kingdom, Cephalos discovers it a feudatory realm under the High Kingdom of Minya. In part to the earliest consolidation of kingdom under the Great Peace of Aiakos son-of-Aegina, that young Great King is another man of great destiny. Born upon the island in the middle of the Saronic Gulf, and later name for his mother, Aiakos has Aeoleis and Minya in a loose confederation with three Midlands realms just below them. His mother Aegina’s appointed martials-at-arms have brought Aiakos to imperial stature at his age only eight years older than Cephalos.

Aiakos= nascent Great Peace over the north mainland of the Greek Peninsula brings Cephalos into pursuit of major maritime objectives for Attica. Book III describes, accordingly, how Magnesia’s Trials-at-Bridal can win him his next naval and maritime advancements through a first marriage of most illustrious consequence.

Odd, though, that he’s by far the youngest of the Princess’ invited consort aspirants B even if those mature rivals have even less experience of fray and melee than Cephalos has had as a ruthless slayer of pirates. So, with opportune help from his father Deion, Cephalos becomes a quick study at fine dueling and other physical ordeals imposed upon him by the mostly incompetent referees who are staging the conducted trials. An apt student, he’s soon instilling murder and mayhem into the hearts of his vicious rivals and supposed superior men-at-arms. His good results as a hopeless seeming land lubber infuriate, especially after his feats amidst a greatest ever equestrian culture of these yesteryears reveal him so greatly underestimated.

Of course, nothing is ever hopeless for our doughty hero of these longest times ago. We make him real from a farthest past of Greece’s Idyllic Age, but we know him to have been dauntless over a long lifetime. So no wonder that our contemporary narrator can hardly bestir any suspense into his eagerness for Cephalos’ predestined successful outcomes. A precocious boyhood at juggernaut has become another about a prodigy athlete at-arms, thus by extension about a lithe and quick courtier of a princess to shall become her beloved prince consort at their earliest prime years at alove’s discoveries. A man easy to riddance of formidable obstacles, the king and queen over the hosting tiny realm of Haemonia prove particular challenging. By ignoring them cleverly, he serves his bride as an ideal intermediary between her and far more formidable liege sovereigns than her parents. Much too of further assistance arises from the Princess= Magnesian subjects. They may be “a little people,” but they drill and hone our hero into his best aims for them, so that they shall come to their own ascendancy alike his own through hazard of his purposes.

Finally, once the prince consort of his brideC awhile a treated marriage of deliberate brief term because their wedlock must be formally contested far more seriously in order to endure for a lifetime. Cephalos elevates his immature princess out her distressed teenage years and into the luminous legacies bequeathed her by her illustrious late mother. He has to liberate her from her virtual captivity under a dullard and unambitious father, the petty king of Haemonia, until she can know what Cephalos’ perfect service to her and the young Great King Aiakos shall afford her of Magnesia’s best possibilities.

Subsequent Volumes for Staggered Releases:

 

BOOK FOUR: HIGH PRINCE OF ATTICA

 

BOOK FIVE: CONSORT OF THE GODDESS

 

 

Cephalos 2

BRAURON BASIN OF BAY ATTICA
The Sanctuary of the Dawn
The Geomorphology of the Site
from 1383 to 1362 BC












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