Eratosthenes (276 bce-194 bce), a Greek mathematician, geographer, astronomer, poet, and chief librarian at the Library of Alexandria calculated that 3,198 years ago to this very day, the sack of Troy occurred. Yes, 3,198 years ago, with the Trojan War finally over, Odysseus will soon set off on his 10 year voyage home to Ithaca, a voyage filled with magical and mysterious adventures including a Cyclops, Lotus-eaters, and the witch-goddess Circe.
Agamemnon, (and Cassandra, Paris’ sister and booty from the war) having survived ten years of war, will soon set off for home in Mycenae only to be murdered, while taking a bath, by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover, Aegisthus, as revenge for Agamemnon’s decision to sacrifice their daughter Iphigenia in exchange for good winds to Troy.
Aeneas, with a group of other Trojan survivors (including his son Ascanius and his father Anchises), will soon flee the city of Troy and resettle in Italy, after several failed attempts at relocating in other places, eventually founding the city of Rome.
And I, Ms. Y., am about to embark on my summer vacation— working my way across the wild and alluring garden, engaging with the sacred muses in my art studio, and voyaging to and with visionary family and friends, seeking solace and connection and adventure.