Amazons!

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

  A revision is underway! Remixing the Iliad as Rage! has given me additional insight into the format and characterizations in this companion story. The first ten revised chapters of Amazons! are available for public preview. If you've read the prior version, let me know what you think of the improvements.   This section will be updated again when additional details are available. 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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Book Trailer

 
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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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Public Chapters

 
Chapter 1: "Dining with Homer"
An introduction to a famous author.
 
Homer Portrait
Viewpoint 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
Viewpoint 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
Viewpoint 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: "Far From the Best"
A grieving Achilles gets some advice from a friend.
 
Telamonian Ajax Portrait
Viewpoint Character
Ajax the Great
 
Setting
The Tomb of Patroclus
 
Also Appearing
Odysseus, Great Ajax, Podarces, Thersites
 
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: "Be Like Thersites"
A grieving Achilles gets some advice from a friend.
 
Thersites Portrait
Viewpoint Character
Thersites
 
Setting
The Tomb of Patroclus
 
Also Appearing
Achilles, 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 6: "Once"
A grieving Achilles gets some advice from a friend.
 
Achilles
Viewpoint Character
Achilles
 
Setting
The Tomb of Patroclus
 
Also Appearing
Odysseus, Great Ajax, Podarces, Thersites
 
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 7: "No Man Touches Her"
Achilles and his war buddies aren't the only ones at the Hero's Tomb.
 
Iphis.jpg
Viewpoint Character
Iphis
 
Setting
Near the tomb of Patroclus
 
Coming Sunday, Nov. 1st
 
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Chapter 8: "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
Viewpoint 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 9: "The Embassy at the Tomb"
The Achaeans try to bring Achilles back to the battle. Again.
 
Achilles
Viewpoint Character
Achilles
 
Setting
The Tomb of Patroclus
 
Also Appearing
Odysseus, Great Ajax, Podarces, Thersites
 
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Chapter 10: "Brothers"
The Achaeans try to bring Achilles back to the battle. Again.
 
Podarces Portrait
Viewpoint Character
Podarces
 
Setting
The Tomb of Patroclus
 
Also Appearing
Odysseus, Great Ajax, Achilles, Thersites
 
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Chapter 11: "The City Burns!"
Meet Cassandra. You'll never believe what she says next (due to a curse placed upon her by Apollo).
 
Priam Portrait
Viewpoint Characters
Priam
 
Also Appearing
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 12: "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.
 
Telamonian Ajax Portrait
Viewpoint Character
Big Ajax
 
Setting
The Tomb of Patroclus
 
Also Appearing
Achilles, Odysseus, Podarces, Thersites
 
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Chapter 13: "Arrival"
The Amazons enter the City of Ilion.
 
Penthesileia Portrait
Viewpoint Character
Penthesileia
 
Setting
Outer courtyard of Ilion
 
Also Appearing
Twelve Amazon companions
 
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Chapter 14: "At the King's Table"
Penthesileia confers with King Priam and his Defense Council.
 
Priam Portrait
Viewpoint Character
Priam
 
Setting
King Priam's Banquet Hall
 
Also Appearing
Penthesileia, Deiphobus, Helenus, Aeneas
 
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Chapter 15: "A Table of Allies"
Hippothoe meets some of Troy's other allies.
 
Hippothoe Portrait
Viewpoint 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 16: "A Safe Topic"
Penthesileia and Priam have a pleasant talk about horses.
 
Penthesileia Portrait
Viewpoint Character
Penthesileia
 
Setting
King Priam's Banquet Hall
 
Also Appearing
Priam, Deiphobus, Helenus, Aeneas
 
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Chapter 17: "Ink-Song"
Evandre meets with the priests and elders of Troy.
 
Evandre Portrait
Viewpoint 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 18: "The Judgment of Paris"
Paris is judged by his sister-in-law.
 
Andromache Portrait
Viewpoint Character
Andromache
 
Setting
King Priam's Banquet Hall
 
Also Appearing
Paris, Helen, Hecuba, Derinoe, Astyanax
 
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Chapter 19: "A Dance of Conversation"
Priam's banquet draws to an end, leading toward a vital negotiation with the Queen of the Amazons.
 
Priam Portrait
Viewpoint Character
Priam
 
Setting
King Priam's Banquet Hall
 
Also Appearing
Penthesileia, Helenus, Andromache
 
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Chapter 20: "Who?"
Andromache confronts Penthesileia. Sparks fly.
 
Andromache Portrait
Viewpoint Character
Andromache
 
Setting
King Priam's Banquet Hall
 
Also Appearing
Penthesileia, Priam
 
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Chapter 21: "Her Name Was Hippolyte"
Andromache confronts Penthesileia. Sparks fly.
 
Penthesileia Portrait
Viewpoint Character
Penthesileia
 
Setting
King Priam's Banquet Hall
 
Also Appearing
Andromache, Priam
 
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Chapter 22: "Terms and Conditions"
Andromache confronts Penthesileia. Sparks fly.
 
Andromache Portrait
Viewpoint Character
Andromache
 
Setting
King Priam's Banquet Hall
 
Also Appearing
Penthesileia, Priam
 
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Chapter 23: "The War God"
A diety arrives.
 
Ares portrait
Viewpoint Character
Ares
 
Setting
A nighttime journey
 
Also Appearing
Thersites, Aphrodite
 
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Chapter 24: "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 Portrait
Viewpoint Characters
Penthesileia
 
Setting
A Trojan War battlefield
 
Also Appearing
Ares, the Amazon Companions, and many dead Achaeans
 
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Chapter 25: "The Dream of Achilles"
Achilles receives a vision of the present.
 
Achilles
Viewpoint Character
Achilles
 
Setting
A nighttime journey
 
Also Appearing
Thetis, Deidamia, Neoptolemus
 
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Chapter 26: "Hold Back the Dawn"
A disagreement among the gods.
 
Eos.jpg
Viewpoint Characters
Eos
 
Also Appearing
Thetis
 
Setting
The Aethiopian Gate
 
 
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Chapter 27: "The Marvelous Gift"
Children of a war god get all the best toys.
 
Penthesileia Portrait
Viewpoint Character
Penthesileia
 
Also Appearing
Andromache
 
Setting
Penthesileia's bedchamber
 
 
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Rage! (Iliad I)

Series
The Posthomerica
Book
#1: The Penthesileiad
Mythology of Origin
Greek/Roman
Setting Realm
Mythoversal Troad
Status
In Progress

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Cover image: "Jupiter Pluvius" (1819) by Joseph Gandy (1771-1843)

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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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