TWA The Embassy Outbound
Cover Photograph, a vista eastward across the Agean Sea from the east coast of Rhodes Island. By Dana Hyde, 2006, All Rights Reserved
The Trojan War Advent : Embassy Outbound
The Fifth Volume of The Royal Chronicles
Since its limited release as an Author's Prototype, the feedback has been strong and most praising of its editing, structural presentation of period and its stylization of a full immersion experience. It has been severely criticized, however, for its extremely advanced material, perhaps too intensive for a first exposure of lay readers to an obscure epoch within the prehistory of the Late Aegean Bronze Age. That's also to say, the book is intensive on the facts and particulars of several confounding issues under analysis, all at once progressing. As brought to this synthesis of the Trojan War Era, from scratch, the material is dense and hard pacing. It aims, we now admit, to an academic audience. For we shall be producing a sequel in kind, and only later an abridgement in order to ease a modern audience's accessibility.
ISBN 978-0-9796303-0-9 0-9796303-0-4 460pages A Limited Release under Library Binding...... $75.00
We're immersed in the second anniversary of the Abduction of Helen, whereby the varying convulsions of the earliest Greeks since a the seminal date of 1262 BC for a truly grievous deed. Recruitment towards a war of recapture of Helen has been primarily due to the impetuosity of Agamemnon and Palamedes, in order to take supreme position over the future hostilities. Menelaos has taken the easy way afforded to him as the foremost sovereign injured by the Abduction. He leads a major coalition; it's composed from a mighty generation that's coming to power, or already acceded, of sons succeeding pre-eminent fathers. Its heroes are already avowed to Helen and himself since the trials for her bridal fully six years earlier. Then, in 1274 BC, men congregated to woo her through trials-at-bridal. They had consisted of ordeals of great physical, mental and character challenge - whereby they also became pledged to the sustenance of the marriage ever afterwards. Anticipated by Helen's fostering parents, Tndareos and Leda, had been gross interferences from third persons outside the courtship elite assembled at Lakonia. From the first, deliberations of Menelaos' rallying force have opted for peacemaking, towards the continued prosperity enabled by his burgeoning maritime relations. The husband of Helen aims towards reconciliation of past hideous grievances through his generously ransomed restoration of his stolen wife. The reconciliation must become suitable through a single grand demarche as put forth by Nestor and Menelaos in formal embassy to the Trojans.
At midway that ongoing demarche of his diplomacy, Menelaos and Nestor of Messenia have become the only principals behind the Embassy which shall be duly attendant upon the coming winter session of the High Court at Fortress Ilion of Troias. Until their peace offers receive approval of the High House of Laomedon, all efforts the meanwhile aim to restrict the impending entirely just warfare to the Trojans alone. Their satellites shall be exempted from the hostilities should they ensue a failed embassy. The two principals select Mentor of the Highlanders and Odysseus of Cephallenia to act as the principals' adjutants. They shall represent the Embassy as sole proxies for Helen towards a ransomed restoration. Threy can enjoin an elite naval capacity that can regain her perforce.That they are not joined by her exalted brothers Kastor and Polydeukes in comparable adjutant capacities to their own takes account of a first calamity presented Menelaos coalition: Kastor's death by the regicide of his royal cousins, the Aphareids; and Polydeukes' subsequent banishment from the homeland of his adoption on account of his instant revenge upon both those murderous princes.
After concerted deliberations to fill the Brothers' deeply felt void, Odysseus and Mentor steer the Embassy of twelve great galleys outbound to Rhodes and Cyprus. There they shall raise ransom and recruit strength from the farthest flung suitors, Tlepolemos and Cinyras. The legs of itinerary back from the forbidden shores of the Levant enlighten the two young men to a maritime embargo of the Anatolians against all Westerners. They are acting all for one, one for all, against the "Pelasgiotes." Although the embargo is variously premised, and under differing degrees of severe enforcement, the High Kingdoms are unified in behalf of the Great King of the Hatti, Hattushilish III. While restricted landfalls by its itinerary make for perilous seas ahead, the Embassy takes able enough escort from Tlepolemos into the Anatolian Corrridor, successfully recruiting force or gaining ransom pledges along the way.
There's even a major diversion, for diplomacy with the Karians at Miletos. There Mentor successfully brings back in demarche a compact respectful of the Hatti's imperial neutrality, in return for naval support from "The Pelasgiotes" by way of annexing the neighboring High Kingdom of Maeonia to High Kingdom Millawanda of the Hatti Empire. Odysseus thereon runs a gamut of pirates supposed Maeonians, but by another naval force so proved instead, after two battle engagements at sea,. He shall discover a subversive faction of Argives and Milesians, both intent upon the Embassy's annihilation. Their faction stands fully for unlimited warfare for spoils that only a failed Embassy at Troy can engender.
The expository process of the book is protohistory, drawing from the historicity latent the copious surviving mythology of the Trojan War Era. Content draws from Earliest Greek Mythology and published discovery of forensic finds by the earliest digs since 1860. That encompasses the findings on both sides of the Aegean Sea, combining the scholarship of the Ancient Anatol with the centuries of classical studies of Greek Antiquity. We draw off a coalescence of peoples within the Late Aegean Bronze Age, but also from the three progenitive ethnicities of Pre-Hellenes that had melded since the late 16th Century BC. This advanced work departs the now obsolete tradition of literary Pre-Classicism, the formerly dominant school by Classical Greek Mythology. We shed the influence of Attic History since the 5th Century BC, by seeking a new paradigm that's fully divorced from the culture, religion and extant writ from the 5th Century BC onward. Thereby has been the constant reinterpretation of mythography that we find so revisionist or obfuscatory of the source rendition by mostly lost original recitals of the Great Oral Tradition (1625 to 1230 BC, approximately). Here the LABA embraces the prehistory dating from 1425 BC to 1225 BC, which we bracket between the Last Age of the Patriarchs and the Trojan War Aftermath. That span brings Anatolia and the Greek Peninsula into dual comprehensiveness through the viewpoint, or stances, of two western cultures - The Ionian Islanders and the Highlanders - both of which remained strongly matriarchal. The former, better known from Homer as the Cephallenes, accomplished a briefly ascendant naval empire, or thalassocracy, after the Minoans lost their own imperium. The latter, a confederated nation race, are the true subjects of Helen Daughter of Nemesis. She's their Wanassa of the Wilds, the Queen Holy Matriarch, even as fostered since infancy by the royal House of Oebalos over LABA Lakonia. Closest allies to the maritime Cephallenes, Highlanders along the western divide of Greece's massifs have thrived off a twenty-five year peace throughout the Peninsula. Helen, moreover, has been told her destiny by the Fates , that she'll unite all Greeks who are contiguous to her alpine axis. But it's a twofold said outcome: Plodding peace as it's been for "The Great Land" since 1286 BC, or illustrious fame and glory by a warfare that only her folly can induce. Either way, she's boon or damnation; and, too, there's the same spoken fate for her "sister" Kyltaimnestra by the folly of her remarriage.
To the extent that the oldest mythology here sourced has any bearing that's duly referent upon Classical Greek Mythology after Homer, it's progenitive of plausible period prehistory by a transition of Late Helladic IIIB into all periods and ages beyond, all as greatly altered of content historicity by sources in art, epigraphy or entablature. Any such protohistory, by its process of exposition, must predate any legend(s) of Herakles; must revise the legend of a mostly errant Theseus before 1350 BC; and re-establish the Cretans who lived after the Collapse of Minoa by their steady reformation since 1350 BC. Here we have the Aegean Sea as it involved both its western and eastern rims into a coherent age. Its a progress of great advancements in prosperity and multilateral engagements. But we're also at an advent that challenge strong tenets and trends towards a greater age yet. We go where those leanings go, nonetheless, although our fullest treatment of the Trojans awaits a second volume.
Embassy Outbound, accordingly, is a robust introduction of the several epochs that conjoin the LABA prehistory by their orderly elapses. Embassy at Troy brings the Trojan War Advent to the stances and viewpoints of the Anatolian High Kingdoms under the light subjugation of the imperial Hatti's Great King, Hattushilish III.
The twelve warships of the Story are led by The Ameilicha (The Dauntless), here as presented in abstract of her profile naked of sails and most running rigging.
A Cephallene Great Galley, please note of the following particulars, offered a prominent cut-wake that's not to be confused with a ramming beak. These warships manned 26 men as paired to 13 sweep oars at each broadside as breasted by the stern oarage (crew of rowers). Another 20 men paired to the ten sweeps at both broadsides foreward. Despite the ability to specially fashioned sweep oars from a topdeck, whereby to correct for leeway, the warships were aptly classified as monoremes or moneres. The lofted box here depicted for roosting the mast-monkeys (small lads) became part of the crutching when the galley ran on solely under her oars. Length at waterline was 210 feet, by implication of the old growth timbers from which the midship was carved as a mostly submerged dugout. Built over its minimal freboard while fully burdened, braced thwarts and knucklewood frames served to nest a superstructure surmounted thereon. Great Galleys spanned only only 12 feet of beam at the waterline by its dugout tropis, and only 14 at the crease of the apoeteis ( the cantilevered platform amidships and surmounting the dugout, which meant about 26 feet by the overall beam, whereby to support the outer whale, or railing, upon which the oar looms rested as their sweeps fully breasted - either as affixed upon thole pins, or by hanging off heavy leather strops for the feathering of blades for windward retraction of their shafts.
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