Living Legends, Tales Alive
They Who Breathe Life Anew Into The Myths Of The Past
 

Beautiful photography for and about a future storybook based on Quintus of Smyrna's 'The Fall of Troy', compiled in the 4th century AD. A sequel to the Iliad or perhaps an older story omitted from the corpus of the Iliad proper, Quintus' account is based on an older version entitled Aethiopis, composed by one we know of as Arctinus about a century after Homer's work appeared. It is an amazing account of a battle and an encounter between the hero Achilles and his comrades with two allies who come to the aid of the Trojans; an army of Amazon warriors led by their queen Penthesilea and a large force from Africa which the ancient Greeks referred to as Aethiopia, hence the title. No greater champions had Achilles and his comrades such as Ajax ever faced in combat than this Amazon warrior queen and the mighty ruler of Africa, Memnon. Foreigners and women ranked low on the social scale of the ancient Greeks yet in this literary work, as in works of art, the Greeks brilliantly and freely expressed themselves and questioned their own prejudices and attitudes. Quintus' work is important even unto our own time as we witness the timeless struggle of women seeking equality and examine our social feelings of prejudice towards those considered as the other. 

Gratitude to all my talented friends who contributed their efforts to recreating ancient art. Big thanks to Sean Dodds, director of Warriors Of Elysium for all his generous support in contributing much costuming and armaments, as well as for sharing his extensive knowledge of ancient martial arts, and to members of that troupe. Kudos to Jay Richards for capturing a number of  the images displayed here. 

The heart beating within the breast defines the character of a champion, who wears an aura of honor upon their crown like a helmet of immortality, indeed bestowed by the gods!

Photo, Jay Richards

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Myrmidon and Amazon met upon that field, for glory to attain, to live forever...this is immortality!

Bethesekyme the Aethiopian met the great Ajax with unrivaled bravery, her lance striking the shield of the mighty hero, a great clang resounding across the Troad as a bell from the heavens

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With great vigor and energy did the Amazons attack- the sight of blood, death all around, amid the moans and screams of those about to enter Hades, none of this did hinder the bravery of their reputation

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