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The Mythoversal Penthesileiad
retelling Posthomerica I

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Directly following the Iliad, as the Trojans bury Hector and Achilles mourns the loss of Patroclus, a tragically misthrown javelin brings Queen Penthesileia and her crew of Amazon warriors to the besieged city of Ilion and into the next stage of the Trojan War.   Amazons! by Greg R. Fishbone brings a modern flair to this ancient tale of love and war that developed alongside the Iliad and Odyssey in the Greek Epic tradition.   An online preview is available exclusively on the Mythoversal website.
  Amazons! adapts the Penthesileiad, which was included in the 7th Century BCE Aethiopis of the Greek Epic Cycle. This version closely follows the oldest existing version in Posthomerica I by Quintus of Smyrna.  
History of the Penthesileiad
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How has the story of Penthesileia been told over time?

 

The Latest

  Two chapters dropped in the week of November 1st.   A new Chapter 1 replaces the original introduction with one that's longer, more fun, and actually rhymes.    
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  A new Chapter 5 is a backfill chapter between the previous Chapters 4 and 5, which introduces the character Iphis.    
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  This completes (for now) the public preview version of this book at 21 chapters.   This section will be updated again when the book's publication can be announced. Thank you for your continued support of this project!
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An Epic Recap

 

Previously in the Epic Cycle...

 
Trojan Prince Paris gains the assistance of Aphrodite by awarding her the prize in an all-goddess beauty pageant.   Asked to pick the bride of his choice, Paris chooses Helen, universally acknowledged to be the most beautiful woman in the world. This, despite the fact that Paris was already married to Oenone, while Helen was already married to King Menelaus of Sparta.   Paris and Helen take shelter in Troy, and so, a thousand ships carry an Achaean army to undertake a brutal campaign against the Anatolian city, led by Overlord Agamemnon, who just happens to be Menelaus's brother.
Nine years into the Achaean siege of Troy, the greatest Achaean warrior, Achilles, sidelines himself in protest after a conflict with Overlord Agamemnon.   This short phase of the war ends with devastating losses on both sides. Achilles's closest friend, Patroclus, is dead, as is Hector, King Priam's heir and Troy's strongest protector. Following a direct appeal from Priam, the rage of Achilles abates, having sealed him into the destiny of a short life and glorious legacy.   The two sides pause to mourn for their dead with no immediate prospects for ending their years-long stalemate.
 
And then, an Amazon comes...
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Characters

  At the center of this story is a conflict between Queen Penthesileia of the Amazons, fighting on behalf of King Priam of Troy, and the Achaean warrior Achilles, fighting under Agamemnon.   In the background, as always are the gods, most notably Athena and Aphrodite, who oppose each other in this conflict, and the Erinyes, who have hounded Penthesileia from her homeland.   Also keep an eye on the other characters who have an important role in this chapter of the Trojan War, and who foreshadow important events to come.  
 
The Characters of Amazons!
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Who's who in the Penthesileiad.

 
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Chapters in Verse

 
Chapter 1: "Dining with Homer"
An introduction to a famous author.
 
Homer Portrait
Focus Character
Amalgamated Homer
 
Setting
A home in the modern era.
 
Author Notes
There's a genie in this chapter, although I realize there are no genies in Greek mythology. If it helps, imagine a leprechaun instead.
 
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Chapter 2: "Ride, Amazons, Ride!"
Meet Penthesileia and her riders.
 
Penthesileia Portrait
Focus Character
Penthesileia
 
Setting
Overland on the last leg of a hard journey from Scythia
 
Also Appearing
Twelve Amazon companions
 
Author Notes
Quintus, in his version of the story, names Penthesileia's Amazon companions. Some are provided with epithets, but most are just names. Is that any way to treat an Amazon?
 
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Chapter 3: "The Life That's Been Erased"
Achilles sings his grief.
 
Achilles Portrait
Focus Character
Achilles
 
Setting
The Tomb of Patroclus, directly after the events of Homer's Iliad
 
Author Notes
Quintus didn't need to introduce his readers to Achilles. His readers had all just finished their fifth reading the Iliad and were rolling from the end credits of that book into this one. My assumption is that my readers may have read some study notes back in high school, and that was twenty years ago. That's why we're meeting Achilles here, as if for the first time.   A starring role in the Iliad was said to be a source of unfading glory for Achilles. That led me to think about the characters in a work that's become less well known. What would Achilles himself think of this part of his military career?
 
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Chapter 4: "Be Like Thersites"
A grieving Achilles gets some advice from a friend.
 
Achilles and Thersites portrait
Focus Characters
Achilles and Thersites
 
Setting
The Tomb of Patroclus
 
Also Appearing
Odysseus, Great Ajax, Podarces
 
Author Notes
This scene echoes one in the Iliad in which an embassy was sent from an increasingly desperate Agamemnon to entice Achilles back into the fight. It seems plausible that Achilles would still need some downtime to process his friend's death, and that Agamemnon would still be trying to keep him in the fold.
 
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Chapter 5: "No Man Touches Her"
Achilles and his war buddies aren't the only ones at the Hero's Tomb.
 
Iphis.jpg
Focus Character
Iphis
 
Setting
Near the tomb of Patroclus
 
Coming Sunday, Nov. 1st
 
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Chapter 6: "Old King Priam Atop the Wall"
This is not the first time Priam has faced down an invading force of Achaeans. Last time did not go well either.
 
Priam Portrait
Focus Character
Priam
 
Setting
The Walls of Ilion
 
Author Notes
When Priam was a young prince, Heracles and his associates broke down the walls and killed nearly everyone. Priam's lifetime project has been rebuilding the city as it once was, and now this. In The Iliad, when Priam sneaks out of Troy to confront a raging Achilles, it is arguably the bravest act of any character in that entire story.
 
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Chapter 7: "The Embassy at the Tomb"
The Achaeans try to bring Achilles back to the battle. Again.
 
Achilles Portrait
Focus Character
Achilles
 
Setting
The Tomb of Patroclus
 
Also Appearing
Odysseus, Great Ajax, Podarces, Thersites
 
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Chapter 8: "The City Burns!"
Meet Cassandra. You'll never believe what she says next (due to a curse placed upon her by Apollo).
 
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Focus Characters
Priam and Cassandra
 
Setting
Atop the walls of Troy
 
Author Notes
Cassandra was a daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba. She was blessed with accurate visions of the future and cursed to have no one ever believe her. Quintus doesn't have Cassandra show up in his Posthomerica until close to the end, when the Achaeans leave a wooden horse on Ilion's doorstep. This is a shame because she's such a fun, useful, interesting, and versatile character.
 
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Chapter 9: "Home"
The embassy concludes. Not even Ajax can break Achilles out of his funk. And if you can't beat them, you may as well join them.
 
Achilles Portrait
Focus Character
Achilles
 
Setting
The Tomb of Patroclus
 
Also Appearing
Odysseus, Great Ajax, Podarces, Thersites
 
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Chapter 10: "Arrival"
The Amazons enter the City of Ilion.
 
Penthesileia Portrait
Focus Character
Penthesileia
 
Setting
Outer courtyard of Ilion
 
Also Appearing
Twelve Amazon companions
 
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Chapter 11: "At the King's Table"
Penthesileia confers with King Priam and his Defense Council.
 
Penthesileia and Priam
Focus Characters
Penthesileia and Priam
 
Setting
King Priam's Banquet Hall
 
Also Appearing
Deiphobus, Helenus, Aeneas
 
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Chapter 12: "Ink-Song"
Evandre meets with the priests and elders of Troy.
 
Evandre Portrait
Focus Character
Evandre
 
Setting
King Priam's Banquet Hall
 
Also Appearing
Laocoön and his two sons, Anchises, Ascanius, Antenor, Theano, and Thymoetes
 
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Chapter 13: "A Table of Allies"
Hippothoe meets some of Troy's other allies.
 
Hippothoe Portrait
Focus Character
Hippothoe
 
Setting
King Priam's Banquet Hall
 
Also Appearing
Itymoneus and Agelaus of Miletus, Nastes and Amphimachus of Caria, Cabierus of Thrace, and Dresaeus of Lydia
 
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Chapter 14: "The Judgment of Paris"
Paris is judged by his sister-in-law.
 
Andromache Portrait
Focus Character
Andromache
 
Setting
King Priam's Banquet Hall
 
Also Appearing
Paris, Helen, Hecuba, Derinoe, Astyanax
 
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Chapter 15: "A Dance of Conversation"
Priam's banquet draws to an end, leading toward a vital negotiation with the Queen of the Amazons.
 
Penthesileia and Priam
Focus Character
Penthesileia and Priam
 
Setting
King Priam's Banquet Hall
 
Also Appearing
Helenus, Andromache
Coming Sunday, Sept. 13th
 
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Chapter 16: "Who?"
Andromache confronts Penthesileia. Sparks fly.
 
Penthesileia and Andromache
Focus Character
Andromache and Penthesileia
 
Setting
King Priam's Banquet Hall
 
Also Appearing
Priam
Coming Sunday, Sept. 20th
 
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Chapter 17: "The War God"
A diety arrives.
 
Ares portrait
Focus Character
Ares
 
Setting
A nighttime journey
 
Also Appearing
Thersites, Aphrodite
Coming Sunday, Sept. 27th
 
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Chapter 18: "The Dream of Penthesileia"
The Amazon Queen receives a vision of victory on the battlefield.
Trigger Warning
This chapter includes depictions of physical violence.
 
Penthesileia and Ares
Focus Characters
Penthesileia, Ares
 
Setting
A Trojan War battlefield
 
Also Appearing
The Amazon Companions and many dead Achaeans
 
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Chapter 19: "The Dream of Achilles"
Achilles receives a vision of the present.
 
Achilles and Thetis Portrait
Focus Character
Achilles, Thetis
 
Setting
A nighttime journey
 
Also Appearing
Deidamia, Neoptolemus
Coming Sunday, Oct. 11th
 
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Chapter 20: "Hold Back the Dawn"
A disagreement among the gods.
 
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Focus Characters
Thetis and Eos
 
Setting
The Aethiopian Gate
 
Coming Sunday, Oct. 18th
 
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Chapter 21: "The Marvelous Gift"
Children of a war god get all the best toys.
 
Penthesileia and Andromache
Focus Characters
Penthesileia, Andromache
 
Setting
Penthesileia's bedchamber
 
Coming Sunday, Oct. 25th
 
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Series
The Posthomerica
Book
#1: The Penthesileiad
Mythology of Origin
Greek/Roman
Setting Realm
Mythoversal Troad
Status
In Progress

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Author's Notes

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Greg R. Fishbone
       
Greg R. Fishbone, Author in Residence at Mythoversal.

 
  I'm having a lot of fun with my take on the Penthesileiad, and I hope you are enjoying it as well. The character portraits were done with an early beta of an app called Portrait Workshop. Let me know what you think!


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Dimitris Havlidis
8 Sep, 2020 05:54

This is an absolutely amazing collection of characters, also Portrait Workshop should be very proud of you/it

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Greg R. Fishbone
10 Sep, 2020 18:19

It's a great app so far. I'm looking forward to updates when more details and customization will be possible.

Greg R. Fishbone, Author in Residence at Mythoversal.
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