|The Abduction of Hippodamia |
(photo by me or possibly el husband.)
Last month I got mightily derailed (many hours spent squinting at tiny text) in my revisions for TAMER by the researching of burial and funerary rites of Mycenaean Greece* since I realized hadn't dealt with mass numbers of dead before previously, and I should probably check my assumptions. Needless to say, they were totally wrong. So now I have to decide if I want to follow Homer (because my books are fundamentally related to and leading up to the Trojan War and the myths surrounding it, and if I follow Homer, I stay consistent), or if I want to stick to the archaeological record, at Homer's expense.
If this book were a stand alone one off (it's kind of a companion/prequel) then it would be a non-issue. I could go historical all the way. But because it isn't... the decision is maybe not so straightforward. Either way, though, I need to know what the archaeological record tells us about burials and funerary rites, and I need to be purposeful in either choosing to uphold that element, or sticking with Homer, instead. Purposeful changes, properly noted, explained, and/or justified in an author's note are far more forgivable than accidental-I-didn't-realize-my-assumptions-were-totally-wrong inclusions!
And before this particular revision-derailing-event? Aegean Bronze Age Medicine. Which. *I* was pretty surprised/impressed by, personally. There were definitely worse times to be alive.
*which contrary to what Homer would have you believe, do NOT involve cremation -- but I'll be posting more about that with some links to interesting articles on the topic over at blog.amaliacarosella.com in the nearish future (mid-April)! Posting has picked up over yonder. Because HELEN OF SPARTA!!!!
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A new take on an ancient myth, Helen of Sparta is the story of one woman determined to decide her own fate.
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You can ask me about Mycenaean burial customs, and any other Mycenaean related questions.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I actually enjoy the researching and putting the pieces together part of things -- but I'll definitely keep that in mind if I get stuck on something!Delete
I've had people tell me that I'm lucky to write books wherein I get to make everything up, and after posts like this, I believe them. ^_^ But I think it's amazing how learning even a little about something can lead to so many story ideas. Truth might be stranger than fiction, but it can be just as inspiring.ReplyDelete
One of the things I love about writing books is that it gives me the excuse to learn about whatever I want -- forever! So I'm happy to take advantage of that and do my research! But even when I'm writing straight fantasy, I feel like I end up researching a lot more than I would have thought I'd need to! And you're right. Learning even a little bit can give back SO MUCH!Delete