I’m back on 702ABC again today. We are talking about appropriated mythology*. It thought it was an apt subject seeing that I am in Greece this month. I’m currently staying at my aunt’s home** on the island of Poros (Greece’s only male island)***.
Whenever I am in Poros, I have a sense of Greek gods and historic tales happening about me. I am less than 100 kilometres from where Paris kidnapped Helen spurring Menelaus to start the Trojan Wars. There is a Temple to Poseidon on the hill behind me. Sphairia is the ancient name for Poros and is where Theseus was conceived when his mother Aethra waded into water inspiring lust into Poseidon (damn Greek gods).
As much as I adore retellings of Greek mythology, I love appropriated mythology. Some like Percy Jackson are fabulous stories (but the purist in me grates at the incorrect geneaology). Sherrilyn Kenyon’s The Dark Hunter series did not engage me either but I loved Nymph (see previous blog post). I don’t mind the campish Hercules films though retellings that get the Roman and Greek gods mixed up annoy me greatly (Hercules vs Heracles anyone). I also love Norse god appropriation – The Almighty Johnsons.
So what are your favourite retellings? What about appropriations?
**I’m going to subtly mention my aunt’s apartments now. When in Poros you should stay with her. She is awesome.
*** Henry Miller said of Poros “I will cling to Poros…if I should ever have the choice of attaining Nirvana or remaining behind to watch over and guide those to come, I say now let me remain behind…”. Lawrence Durrell’s says of Poros “it is not possible to exaggerate the charm of this little Aegean nook and the sense of elation it conveys”. This is how I too feel. It is a charming, gorgeous island, with diffuse light and crystal clear waters. If I could holiday here every year I would. Unfortunately, that is not always possible.