Who was Aeneas and why was he so important to the Romans? Why was there a need for the ancient Romans to connect themselves with the legendary and mythical Trojan prince? What purpose did the Aeneid serve? And is there any historical basis to the stories?
Since the beginning of humankind, there has been the pressing need to understand the reasons why humans were created. What purpose do humans serve? Each ancient and modern culture hold their own stories, some of which build on top of older tales. The ancient Greeks were no exception. We will explore the origins of Greek creation and examine the many similarities found in neighboring nations. Who or what influenced the early poets who sang these mythical stories to the tune of a lyre?
The year is 1550 BC and the ancient world would be witness to the most destructive natural event in human history. The island is Thera and the event is the eruption of the volcano in the center of the island. It will not only bury the city of Akrotiri under ash but also, lead to the mystery on where the ancient Theran went preceding the eruption because we have yet to find a single victim of the eruption on the island today.
You are invited on a journey to our distant past. A time of myth. An age of heroes. When demigods battled monsters of legend. But how much of it was legend? Were Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid inspired by true events? Is there a historical record of such adventurous seafaring occurring from the time of the end of the Trojan War? What do we know about the authors of these epics and the rest of the Trojan Cycle and how have the stories evolved with each telling? What hidden wisdom is preserved in these narratives?
Hers was the face that launched a thousand ships. According to legend, the abduction of Helen initiated a 10 year war but how much reality is there behind this legend. Did Helen ever exist? How about an Agamemnon? Was there ever a Trojan War or series of events that collectively give us the epic we have come to know today?