By Patricia Storace
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"Full of insights, marvelously pleasing . . . haunting and fantastically written."
--The long island evaluation of Books
"I lived in Athens, on the intersection of a prostitute and a saint." So starts off Patricia Storace's staggering memoir of her 12 months in Greece. blending affection with detachment, rapture with readability, this American poet completely inspires a rustic delicately balanced among East and West.
Whether she is reading Hellenic dream books, pop songs, and cleaning soap operas, describing breathtakingly appealing shorelines and archaic villages, or braving the overwhelm at a saint's tomb, Storace, winner of the Whiting Award, rewards the reader with educated and sensual insights into Greece's soul. She sees how the country's satisfaction in its prior coexists with profound doubts approximately its position within the sleek international. She discovers a global within which previous and current have interaction in a passionate discussion. trendy, humorous, and erudite, Dinner with Persephone is shuttle writing increased to an outstanding art--and the easiest ebook of its sort considering that Henry Miller's The Colossus of Maroussi.
"Splendid. Storace's account of a yr in Greece combines prior and current, legend and truth, in an strange and pleasant complete. "
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According to legend, her grip shielded his heel from the sacred waters and the boy remained mortal after all. In a similar way, the emotional grip of Olympias may have contributed to the vulnerability of her own brilliant son. THE DIONYSIAC CULT IN MACEDONIA Alexander’s parents, both of whom were formidable influences in his life, each enjoyed a special relationship with the god Dionysus. Philip took pride in his drinking prowess, and Olympias showed uninhibited devotion to her god. As a young man Alexander seems to have been contemptuous of his father’s excessive drinking, but it was a practice he would emulate later in life.
112 The king may have surmised that his son would make a better impression in Athens. 113 He would have served as a caricature of the most unflattering Athenian assumptions about Macedonians. 114 Macedonian aristocrats were known for their hunting, fighting, gambling, and drinking. 117 Greek poets, painters, and philosophers had been lured to Pella since the reign of the Macedonian king Archelaus (c. 413–399). ”119 Given this prevailing attitude, most Athenians in the fourth century probably agreed with Demosthenes’ pronouncement that “‘he [Philip] is not [a] Greek, nor related to the Greeks,’”120 Yet Alexander did fit the Greek mold.
She helped to instill in the boy the conviction that he would become an overwhelming success in his own right. The relationship between Alexander and his mother was an important, and to this day still is a mysterious, aspect of his life. ”39 There is little doubt that she was one of the dominant influences in his early life. Even after Alexander had succeeded Philip, their relationship was always marked by affection and loyalty. When Alexander crossed the Hellespont to Asia in 334, Olympias remained in Europe as his redoubtable supporter.