INTRODUCING THE CAST OF CHARACTERS

Who are the characters in “Shadow of the Lion: Blood on the Moon”?  Although I tried to be careful when I was developing them, drawing them out as best I could so they would seem as ‘real’ to the reader as they did to me, I’ve had a few requests to post visual pictures of them.berryjam.ru

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There are a few marble busts or faces on coins that show more-or-less what they looked like in person.  And for the fictional characters I’ve found a few drawings of costumes etc.  In the cases of some characters I pin-pointed real live people who I thought might resemble the person and drew my descriptions from observing those people and describing their body-language, facial features etc.

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I have been told by most of my readers that the characters are very ‘real’.  In fact one of my critique readers called me up some time after she’d read the manuscript and asked “How is everyone?”  I thought she meant our friends. But no, she meant the characters in the book.  “I miss them,” she said. And frankly, I miss them too. As I wrote about them they became more real to me.  And of course, most of them really were living people at the time of Alexander.

Here’s a few of the characters who I found portraits or sculptures of:

ALEXANDER the GREAT:  King of Macedon, conqueror of the eastern world. imagesCA5JOYVY

ALEXANDER & HEPHAESTION:  The busts of Alexander and his faithful friend and companion Hephaestion.

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ROXANE:  Alexander’s Soghdian widow, mother of Iskander.roxanna-achaemenid-princess-003

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ISKANDER: (Alexander IV) little is know about him but I did find this one cartouche drawing evidently in a Paris museum.

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ARRIDAIOS:  Alexander’s mentally challenged half-brother who became joint-king with Alexander IV (Iskander) arridaeus_bust

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PTOLEMY:  Alexander’s illegitimate half-brother who later became the first Ptolemaic Pharoah of Egypt.PtolemyISoter

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KASSANDROS:  Alexander’s enemy, son of the Regent Antipater, and villain of the novel. 637px-Coin_of_Cassander

NABARZANES: The Persian Court Advisor (he was patterned from a real person but may have looked like this.)imagesCAAKS2OV

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DEMITRIOS: The arrogant young son of Antigonos the One-Eyed.

THE CHALDEAN MAGUS: This is the picture of a Zorastrian priest but I imagine the Magus to look like this.full86371

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SADU & OLD PEARL: The mahout from the Punjab and his elephant Old Pearl who guarded the royal tent.

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RAJAH PORUS’ WARRIOR ELEPHANTS:

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IT WAS A VERY LONG JOURNEY

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From the time Alexander the Great set out on his campaign to conquer the Persians to the day in June, 323 BC when he died in Babylon, ten years had passed.  In Volume One of SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON, the journey of the joint-kings from Babylon after Alexander’s death took four years. It was also a long journey!

This map shows the extent of Alexander’ conquests and the routes they took. Some of the same route was taken by the escort of the joint-kings including an unexpected side-trip to Egypt. But can you imagine that on this journey was a tiny child, still an infant when the entourage left Babylon, and barely five years old by the time he reached Macedon.

Can you imagine spending your early childhood being carted from army camp to army camp? Can you imagine that you were the only child, surrounded by soldiers, with no playmates and an over-protective mother?

In some of the research I did for the novel, I read that this was a case of child-abuse and exploitation.Iit was, because the Successors where using this innocent child,Iskander (Alexander IV). as a puppet king by naming him Alexander’s successor along with his dim-witted Uncle Arridaios. And because many of the Macedonian disliked her, every day his mother, Roxana who was Alexander’s Soghdian widow, wondered if someone would murder them because they didn’t want a non-Macedonian inheriting Alexander’s throne.

Nevertheless, the journey was made successfully, even though they had come through a battle at the Nile and various disruptions along the way. And when Iskander arrives at Amphipolis, although he has some trepidations, he is encouraged by his mother who insists that once they get to Pella, the royal city, all will be well, because Alexander’s mother, Olympias, will meet them and welcome them.  But will she? Olympias had a notorious reputation. Would she welcome her son’s widow and her grandson? And will Alexander’s son one day inherit his father’s throne?

Volume One of SHADOW leaves you with these questions.  How much longer will this journey take before it is really over? What will happen when they arrive in the royal city?

Volume Two: SHADOW OF THE LION: THE FIELDS OF HADES addresses these questions. Watch for it to be published in 2016.

In the front of the book there is a map, drawn by my artist J. Patrick McFarlane, but unfortunately it was printed too small for readers to follow. I’ve put it here so it may be clearer, and it will definitely be enlarged for Volume 2.

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The Book Launch for SHADOW was a Huge Success!

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On January 14 at the Hellenic Community Centre, SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON was launched to a standing-room only crowd.

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The launch was hosted by Mr. Ilias Kremmydas, the Greek Consul of Vancouver. He spoke about the novel, how much he enjoyed reading this bit of history that not many people know about – what happened after the death of Alexander the Great.  He compared the novel as being the Greek version of Game of Thrones, except it’s a true story!

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I gave special thanks to the Greek Consul who has been supporting me with this writing project since 1991 and continue to do so. And thanks to the Greek community too, for all their support. It was an honor to be able to hold the launch at the Hellenic Community Centre here in Vancouver and invitations had been sent to the Greek community by Mr. Kremmydas.

Several friends spoke about the development of the novel from its beginning, and gave reviews of the finished product. I was grateful for their support too. And to see so many friends, some who had come from Vancouver Island, just to attend.

I was completely overwhelmed by the response and look forward now to doing lots more promoting of the book. The copies I had with me sold out i minutes, so I hope this is an indication that they will continue to sell as well.

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Next week I am going to Vancouver Island for a book reading and next month I have two other readings scheduled. So I am looking forward to presenting SHADOW to as many audiences as I can in future.

Thanks, everyone for your support.  So far, my readers have given high praise to the book and that makes me very happy.  It was a long journey to write it. I expect it to be a long journey to present it to the world.  But I’m sure it’s going to continue being a big success!

 

 

2014: Fifteen years of work is accomplished. Now SHADOW makes it’s formal debut.

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In August 2014 the first volume of SHADOW OF THE LION subtitled BLOOD ON THE MOON was born, published by MediaAria-CDM. Next month, in January 2015 SHADOW makes its formal debut at my book launch sponsored by the Greek Consul at the Hellenic Community Centre in Vancouver.

This has been an exciting year which included a trip to Egypt and a visit to Alexandria which was a dream come true. Then in September a trip to England and Greece where I was able to do lots of book promo, first attending the Historical Novel Writer’s conference in London, and then invited to do three readings in Greece: two in Athens and one in Larissa.

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Since returning to Canada in October I have been invited to do two book readings along with my writer friend Eileen Kernaghan. And I look forward to doing many more in the coming year, starting with a book club group in Duncan B.C. It was a thrill to be given a ’empowered writer’ award by the World Poetry Peace Conference and invited to be on their radio program by Ariadne Sawyer who has been so supportive of me.

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After the fifteen long years of research and writing on this epic saga it has been a real thrill to see everything I worked for accomplished. And I begin the New Year, 2015, with the formal book launch of SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON.  (Already my readers are anxious for the second volume to appear but THE FIELDS OF HADES won’t be published until 2016.)

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I am grateful for all the support I have had over the years from my writing group, the Scribblers, my friend here in Canada and in Europe. Especially the Greek people who have been so generous with offering me support with my research and book promo.  The Greek Consul of Vancouver, Ilias Kremmydas has been so kind and has organized the launch at the Hellenic Community Centre. I’m planning to welcome some special guests to participate including Greek/Canadian prize winning poet Manolis Aligizakis, and Langara lecturer Peter Prontzos who has offered to write a book review for me.

Everyone is invited to this special event so mark it on your calendars. And if you have already read SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON I’d appreciate it if you could put a little review on Amazon.com or on Chapters website if that’s where you purchased your copy. I’ll be signing books at the book launch and there will be a few on hand to purchase.

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So, I welcome the New Year and all that it promises for me and for my novel. I hope we have a bright future together!

WHO IS IN THAT TOMB?

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For the past few months there’s been great excitement in Greece over the revealing of a huge tomb uncovered in Amphipolis, Greek Macedonia.  This sparked a lot of interest for me as I’ve visited Amphipolis on a couple of occasions while doing research for SHADOW OF THE LION.  This site, which at Alexander’s time was an army fortress, is one of the settings in my story:  in the end of Volume One BLOOD ON THE MOON, and for almost the whole last half of Volume Two THE FIELDS OF HADES (to be published in 2016).

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In September, as I was going to Macedonia to attend a friend’s book launch, I decided to venture to Amphipolis to see if I could view this remarkable archaeological find.  I took a taxi from the seaside town of Asprovalta and was lucky enough to get a driver who knew the area well.  On our way up to the location, we passed the famous Lion of Amphipolis by the roadside. The lion statue was dedicated to one of Alexander’s generals, Laomedon and it is now believed that it once stood atop the tomb and was taken away by the Romans who left it in its present location.  The statue is 5.3 meters high with a base making it 15.84 meters. It resembles the stone lion statue that was erected on the field of Chaironea in Greece where King Philip II and his young son Alexander defeated the Athenians and annihilated the Theban Sacred Band.

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I was only able to view the tomb digs from a distance, across the valley. The tomb is on a hillside inside a 500 meter long surrounding wall of marble and limestone. The wall is 3 meters high with a cornice of marble from the nearby Aegaen Island of Thassos.  The entry has an arch containing two headless sphinxes and steps leading down into the tomb. It is believed the tomb could be the work of Deinokrates, who was the imperial architect during Alexander’s time, the same architect who Alexander had design the city of Alexandria in Egypt.

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But whose tomb is it? There is so much speculation:  Was Alexander buried here? Well, not likely as he was embalmed in Babylon where he died in 325 BC and a year later was taken to Alexandria where his body lay in state right up to the time of Cleopatra and the Romans.  Was it Olympias, Alexander’s mother? Not likely either. She was an Epirote, not well liked, and stoned to death by Kassandros. While I visited  Pydna, the site of her death, an archaeologist who was looking for a token tomb there told me she was likely buried in the royal tombs at Vergina where all the Macedonian royalty were laid to rest. Was it Alexander’s Soghdian wife and his son, both who were murdered on Kassandros’ orders at Amphipolis? Not a chance as she was hated by the Macedonians and the boy, Alexander IV is very likely the one occupying a tomb at Vergina that is the tomb of a young Macedonian prince about 14 yrs of age – just the age he was when he was murdered. (This tomb is next to the one where Philip II was found and an archaeologist at the site told me it was a good possibility the prince was Alexander’s son and only legal heir.)

My theory is that it may be the tomb of the Antipatrides family, the biggest clan in Macedonia. Antipater was Regent for both Philip and Alexander. His son, Kassandros was responsible for killing of all of Alexander’s dynasty and was in charge of Amphipolis’s army fortress. Perhaps it is their family, including Kassandros’ wife, Thessaloniki, who was Alexander’s half sister.

On the other hand, now that they have found a large wooden casket with a body inside, it is possible that this might be the tomb of one of the famous generals of the time.  Although, it is strange they found a skeleton, as the Macedonians usually cremated their dead.  The possibilities of who this might be are endless:  Maybe it is really Laomedon whose burial place was marked by the stone lion; perhaps it is Niarchos, who came from Amphipolis and commanded Alexander’s navy. Or could it be General Antigonos the One-Eyed, who died at the age of 81 in the Battle of Ipsus in Phrygia (now Turkey) back in 301 when he was knocked off his horse by a spear. Antigonos was a powerful Successor of Alexander and eventually took control of most of the Empire, including Macedonia, after the downfall of the Antipatrides clan. He was succeeded by his son Demetrius who took control in 294 BC. This dynasty lasted until 1966 BC when they were defeated at the Battle of Pydna by the Romans.

These characters are all major players in SHADOW OF THE LION. So whoever it is buried in that massive tomb, it’s all relevant and has certainly help keep the interest in Alexander the Great and his place in history alive!

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ACCOLADES AND PUBLICITY FOR SOTL

I was recently honoured to receive a “World Poetry Empowered Writer” award for my novel SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON as well as for my travel journalism. This event was held at the downtown campus of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver on October 19 at the World Poetry Peace Conference. (I had previously been invited to present my book at the WP Peace Conference in Larissa, Greece).

Here are a few photos from this event:

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Accepting my award

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My mini ‘Oscar’

The next night when my Scribbler’s Writers Critique group arrived for our weekly get-together, they surprised me with champagne, food and a celebratory chocolate cake (Celebrating both my publication and one of the other member’s Laurel Hislop’s publication of short stories)

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Laurel and I and our cake!

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We each got a certificate congratulating us for our publications

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Now I am looking forward to my official book launch which will be held on January 14, 2015, hosted by the Greek Consul General at the Hellenic Community Centre in Vancouver.

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There will be readings from SHADOW and some poetry by Greek/Canadian award winning poet/publisher Manolis Aligizakis.  I’ll even be signing some books!

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My very first book signing in Wales in September.

(The gold Horus pen is from Egypt.  The Egyptians referred to Alexander as Horus the Wise Prince)

A Review about SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON

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This review was written by Dinaz Kastrinaki, a good friend who was with me from the conception of SHADOW OF THE LION and read the earliest drafts.  It was presented at the reading at the Athens Centre on September 24/14

I started reading ‘Shadow of the Lion’ in the early 90s, when it was still in its infancy, and I was hooked.  I remember my frustration at it not being ready and having to wait to see what happens next.  I therefore did the next best thing.  I discussed it with Ruth as much as possible, and this continued until Ruthie’s last visit to Athens.  The memories of those long, excited sessions on my verandah over a glass or 3 of wine still make me smile and will always be very precious to me.

Ruth, being the bright little bundle of energy she is, plunged with gusto into unearthing any information she could about Alexander and his dynasty, not just by poring over endless history books in the library but by actually visiting places in Greece that were part of this history.  This in-depth research as well as her enthusiasm and love for what she was doing become very obvious when you read the book.

I have now read the book from cover to cover (finally!!) and I just couldn’t put it down, even though, having read several drafts over successive years, I sort of knew what would happen next.  The characters are so alive, so real, that I felt I was meeting old friends again.  I had grown to love them and I had missed them.  And, true to its title, Alexander’s golden shadow follows you through the book.

The descriptions are so vivid – I felt I was actually there, dazzled by the colours, breathing in the spices and the incense, hearing the chanting of the Magus and the tinkle of Roxanne’s bangles – the novel unfolded before me like a frieze.   I didn’t just enjoy it, I learned from it and I lived it.

Oh, and one more thing, kids would enjoy it too.  My son was a little over 10 when he read his first draft and enjoyed it immensely.

Ruthaki mou, bravo!  Bravo not just for your obvious talent and knowledge but for your spirit, your dedication and your endless enthusiasm all of which have made the novel what it is.  For me, it’s a beloved, brilliant book.  Bravo dear friend.

And by the way, if there are any television producers in the audience, I would advise you to grab the TV rights, it would make a fantastic series J

 

ALEXANDRIA: THE CITY OF ALEXANDER’S DREAM

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Alexander the GreatI had always dreamed of visiting Alexandria, the fabled city on the Nile delta established by Alexander the Great back in 332 BC. While I was researching my novel SHADOW OF THE LION, I delved into the history of this remarkable city. When I was invited to Egypt last March on a travel writer’s press trip, I told the organizers about my novel and the research I had done about the founding of the ancient city. Because of this I was given a special two-day tour of Alexandria was a highlight of all my travel experiences.

Alexandria is an important setting in SHADOW OF THE LION, both Volumes. Ptolemy, Alexander’s illegitimate half-brother returned to Egypt after Alexander’s death to oversee the building according to Alexander’s wishes.

It is said that Alexander had a dream in which he recalled the lines from Homer’s Iliad of ‘an island, Pharos, by the surging sea.’  Alexander had come to Egypt to drive out the Persians and to him, this dream was an omen. He wanted to build a new city by the sea, and chose this location near a small village called Rhakotis. He ordered his architect and city planner Dinocrates to design and build it but Alexander died before its completion. After Alexander`s death, Ptolemy hijacked the funeral carriage when it was being transported from Babylon to Macedon and brought the body to Egypt where, it is said, Alexander had wanted to be buried. It was interred first in Memphis, then when the temple for Alexander`s friend Hephaestion was completed, Ptolemy had Alexander`s body laid there where it remained at least until the arrival of the Romans, because it was visited by Julius Caesar and Cleopatra. Ptolemy Soter became the first of the Ptolemaic dynasties of Egypt that lasted up until the era of Cleopatra.

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The ancient Greek city had three regions, The Brucheum, Royal or Greek quarter which formed the most magnificent part of the city. The Jewish quarter formed the northeast and Rhakotis, occupied mainly by Egyptians. The city consisted of the island of Pharos which was joined to the mainland by a mole nearly a mile long. There stood the famous Great Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, 138 meters high, a project begun by the first Ptolemy and completed by his son.

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I was curious to learn how much of Alexander still exists in Alexandria, the city named for him.  As the van approached the outskirts the first thing I saw was a monument of Alexander riding his horse.  I noticed posters and references to him throughout the city.

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Unlike Cairo which is densely packed between the Nile River and the vast expanse of Sahara desert, Alexandria sprawls out along the seacoast, a sparkling bright city surrounded by the verdant Nile Delta, the ancient’s ‘Land of Goshen’.  It is the second largest city in Egypt. The city is divided into six neighbourhoods, each with a large population. Alexandria is an important industrial area and Egypt’s largest seaport with two harbors, one facing east, the other west. There is evidence of the ancient harbour on the edge of the island of Pharos, but little else remains except what the underwater archaeologists have discovered under the sea.

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Some of these finds can be seen in the Alexandria Museum and on display outside of the new Alexandria Library. Recently archaeologists have found fragments of Cleopatra’s palace. And it is believed that Alexander’s tomb is likely also submerged under the sea although there are occasional ‘finds’, mainly rumors or perhaps symbolic tombs.

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At our first stop we were greeted by a young tour guide, Sarah, who showed us around an extensive excavation known as Kom al-Dikka, which has revealed many Roman era ruins including a theatre. We didn`t have time to visit the catacombs which are located near Alexander`s best-known monument, `Pompey`s Pillar. The catacombs, known as Kom al-Soqqafa, are a multì-level labyrinth reached by a spiral staircase where there are dozens of chambers with sculpted pillars and statues, burial niches and sarcophagi.

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Our next stop on the tour was the Qaitbay Citadel, built on the site of the ancient lighthouse. The lighthouse was destroyed by an earthquake in the 14th century and was replaced by an Arab fortress using some of the original bricks. It was one of the most important defensive strongholds on the Mediterranean coast.

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The Alexandria Museum contains a number of exhibits dating back to the Ptolemaic dynasty as well as Roman. What I found most interesting were some of the relics that have been brought up by the maritime archaeologists in the harbor which reveals details of the city both before Alexander’s time and during the Ptolemaic dynasty. In the front of the new library stahds a tall weather-worn statue of one of the Ptolemys brought up from the seabed.

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The next day was the highlight of my visit when I was taken to the New Alexandria Library, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, which opened Oct. 16, 2002.  It`s an immense cylindrical shaped modern structure separated from the University of Alexandria by a wide concourse where I posed under a bust of my hero, Alexander.  The library is spectacular in its design with constant light filtering through the specially curved domes.  It houses over 8 million books.

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The first Library of Alexandria was created by Ptolemy I Soter in the 3rd century BC. Most of the books were papyrus scrolls on great value. It was dedicated to the Muses and functioned as a major center of scholarship.

Many of the most famous thinkers of the ancient world studied here. It was in Alexandria where Euclid devised geometry and Herophilus discovered that the brain, was the seat of thought, not the heart. A wealth of works from the classical world were housed in the old library, including those of Aristotle and Plato, original manuscripts of Sophocles, Aeschylus and Euripides, Egyptian treatises on astronomy and medicine; Buddhist texts, original Hebrew scriptures and many of the works of the lyric poet Sappho.

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In 48 BC when Julius Caesar laid siege to the city, a fire was set and the library was partially destroyed. Later there were other attacks until finally the library was in ruins and thousands of ancient works were destroyed.  The new library features a museum dedicated to science and history. There is also a large planetarium at the entrance. There are all the modern amenities such as Internet Archives, several specialized libraries, academic research centres and various permanent exhibits. It is also the home of several institutions including The Arabic Society for Ethics in Science and Technology, the HCM Medical Research, the Anna Lindh Foundation for Dialogue Between Cultures and many others.

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There is an international spirit in the Bibliotheca just as there was back in Ptolemy’s time. Italians and Egyptians work together preserving rare manuscripts; Greeks help with antiquities; French are in charge of the science museum and Americans are the computer experts.

The famous burning of the ancient Library of Alexandria became the symbol of the irretrievable loss of knowledge, but the new Bibliotheca Alexandria has revived that legacy and the staff works together to maintain this great Temple of Learning.

I wondered what Ptolemy would think now, if he saw this amazing work of art which has replaced the library he first created, and how proud Alexander would be of his beautiful city.

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CITIES OF ALEXANDER: MEMPHIS, EYGPT, The Pharaoh’s Royal City

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Memphis was once the royal city of Egypt. According to legend it was founded by Pharaoh Menes around 3000 BC and was the capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom, remaining an important city throughout history. During the 6th dynasty it was a centre for the worship of Ptah, the god of creation and artworks. There is an alabaster Sphinx guarding the Temple of Ptah that is a memorial of the city’s former power and prestige.

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At first the city was known as Men-nefer, meaning “enduring and beautiful”. It later became Menfe, in Coptic. The name “Memphis” is the Greek adaption of this name, originally the name of the pyramid of Pepi I located west of the city. The ruins of this formerly grand city only offer fragmented evidence of its past which have preserved, along with the pyramids of Giza, as a World Heritage Site, since 1979. It is open to the public,  an open-air museum, with just a few statues and a sphinx along with pillars, funerary stelae set in a garden-like atmosphere.

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I was particularly interested in visiting this ancient city, because it was where Alexander the Great came after he had successfully driven the Persian out of Egypt. Part of the mystique of Alexander is his connection to Nectanebo II, a shaman pharaoh of Memphis who had fled to Macedon to plead with Alexander’s father Philip II to help drive the Persian out of his country. Rumours abounded for most of Alexander’s life that he was Nectanabo’s son because during the Pharaoh’s stay in Macedon, Alexander’s mother, Olympias, then a young bride of Philip, may have had an affair with the pharaoh. She was reputedly told by him that she would be visited by the golden snake of Ammon and give birth to a miraculous son. After Philip was assassinated and Alexander became king, he led his army south down the coast of Asia Minor, across Gaza and successfully vanquished the Persians, driving them out of Egypt. He was honored by the Egyptians and crowned pharaoh in the Temple of Ptah at Memphis, ushering in the Hellenistic period. . From then on he wore the Horns of Ammon on his helmet. After his famous visit to the oasis shrine of Siwah where he would consult the oracle about his birthright, he learned information that he wouldn’t even indulge to his best friend but said he’d wait til he got back home to discuss it with his mother.

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Alexander wanted to establish a city in Egypt. Memphis was too far inland, south of the delta, so he chose the site by the sea that is now Alexandria. When Alexander died in 323 BC, his illegitimate half-brother Ptolemy came to Egypt to establish the city of Alexandria. For a time he kept Alexander’s body at Memphis but it was later moved to the new city. Memphis retained a significant status especially religious through this period.This began the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt.

Ptolemy established the cult of Serapis in Egypt at Saqqara.The lineage of the high priests of Ptah retained strong ties with the royal family in Alexandria. Marriages occurred between certain high priests and Ptolemaic princesses which strengthened the commitment between the two families.

Memphis thrived until the arrival of the Romans when it lost it’s importance in favour of Alexandria.

 

 

Official book release, August 11. Now available on Amazon.com

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SHADOW OF THE LION: Volume One “Blood on the Moon”

Well here’s my novel listed on Amazon. Surprised it’s a hard cover. Pretty exciting though!  Official release day, August 11.
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