Penelope : Princess of Lakonia
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The First Volume of the Home & Hearth Colloquies
A bildungsroman about Penelope's childhood years, from her age 3 to almost 10, it’s the first of our series that we call The Hearth & Home Colloquies. A narrative protohistory in biographical and pre-historical voice, it's all by original colloquy spoken in dictation to Mentor, Penelopë’s contemporary chronicler and most trusted confidant.
In first edition since July, 2009, we're into a second release timed to a small booklet, non-fictional supplement. Penelope's autobiographical colloquy has needed that closer examination of her father Ikarios while examining the contention of later Greeks who did not believe in her sister Iphthime. There's also the ample scholarship that has Penelope born and living in Aetolia at the outlet of the Great Gulf of Korinth where the Gulf of Patras meets the Ionian Sea. Our close examination of this thesis takes on the contentikon that Penelope, the future wife of Odysseus, was virtually "a girl next door." Our refutation of a cross-water birthplace Aetolia should satisfy classical studies buffs who like rationalizations of mythology that has special enrichment through the analysis of robust original recitation that so often has suffered revision or expurgation by Classical Greek Mythology. While that's not the case of our Lakonian princess and heroine, both the book and the booklet lend us additional appreciation of Penelope in her particular time of Greek antiquity.
The second release offers a thin compendium of Endotes, in supplement, for our most advanced readers in the classical study of mythology's existential premises by theme of aitia. The Endnotes are preceded by brief examinations of the mythology and oldest scholarship, all of them by the copious examinations of Lakonia during the Late Aegean Bronze Age. Our intention is to peer back through the many layers of later mythology into the core lore by the Great Oral Tradition, itself late within the whole age of its fullest magnitude, whereby the most correct oral recitals of Mentor's and Penelope's lifetimes. For then we have the most plausible basis by which to understand the First Colloquy as a comprehensive platform from which to proceed forward and confidantly into subsequent Lakonian prehistory.
The book runs to the short novella length of 41,000 words, not including endnotes and other addenda. There is also a supplement, as said, "Translator's Epilogue," that presents a discussion of the source mythology and its variants by examinations of foremost contributions from 20th century cultural anthropologists.
It begins with a short story about the near drowning accident of sister Iphthimë and herself, by the survival of which her birth name of Arnëa was changed to Penelopë. The body of the work is about the royal family of the Lakonians (by Lakoni(k)a, the precursor to 1st Millennium Lacedaemonia). We’ll know as children older than herself the fraternal twins Kastor & Klytaimnestra and Helen and Polydeukes (Pollux), the natural and fostered children respective to parents Tyndareos and Leda. There’s also Ikarios, the father of Iphthime and Penelope, who’s also their custodian, steward, estate trustee and parent co-regent with Tyndareos. The book takes early climax in a near calamity - a first abduction of Helen. She’s filched by Abantian pirates, and not by the fabulous adventurers Theseus and Perithöos, such as latterly accords to Classical Greek Mythology. There’s an addenda version to the same abduction, a colloquy by Helen herself, for adaptation of this book to a screenplayer's rewrite.
Fully drafted, and returned from a full line editing by our Liz Mackie, Jerry Kelly will design our volume to its 158 pages of length under a fine soft bound cover. Ouyr proposed sequel, the Second Colloquy, will have the book culminate in the famous Trials of Helen.
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