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Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Guest Post by Adèle Geras: My Favourite Greek Goddess

I am handing over the reins of The Bookette today to Adèle. So without further ado, here are are thoughts on her favourite Greek Goddess:

Lucy Coats on her Scribble City Central blog recently asked me in an interview who my favourite Greek goddess/god might be and I'm afraid I'm going to give the same answer here though at greater length. It's Athene, goddess of wisdom. I didn't expand much on my reasons the first time so I'm glad to have the chance to do so here.

I'm very keen on the Greek gods. I've used them as characters in three novels (Troy, Ithaka and Dido) and feel I know them rather well. Because I've had the freedom to make what I like of them, I could describe them down to the last detail. I've grown very fond of some quite unlikely Gods. Poseidon, for example is bit like a down-and-out with a long messy beard and a fishy smell about him and his arms are covered in silvery scales. Ares, with his rather glamorous cloak and scarlet-crested helmet, is quite fanciable, though it goes without saying that I'm not keen on war in any of its aspects. Hades, the God of death is very sinister and wears a grey cloak and no one can see his face. Hera is a comfortable, elderly lady with a cottage- loaf hairstyle and white hair. I've given her a magical prop in the shape of a peacock feather which acts as a kind of live mic and enables my human characters in Dido to overhear conversations which would otherwise be inaudible. Aphrodite is the best-dressed of the goddesses. Her trailing, silver-bell -trimmed robes in luscious pastel colours make the cast of Sex and the City look seriously frumpy. And she wears lots of perfume. She's the most beautiful, too. But in the end, it's Athene who gets my vote. Wisdom, it seems to me, is a better quality to aspire to than either beauty or wealth. She's the cleverest of the Olympians and I envisage her in a kind of bronze shimmering dress, draping beautifully from her shoulders all the way down to her feet. She has grey eyes, and (though I never say so in any of the books) very long, dark eyelashes and is altogether IMPRESSIVE. Dignified, solemn, and not to be messed with, she's definitely my favourite. Plus, she has a really wonderful companion: an owl who stares at the world through amber eyes. What could possibly be better?
Indeed! Great choice Adèle. Thank you so much for guest posting at The Bookette today!
[Picture source credit due to: Perry van Munster @ Flickr.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/10999900@N03/]


The Book Bug said...

Oooh, fun! For some reason my favourite greek god is Melinoe- she, uh, controls ghosts. This would be explained if I let anyone read my Percy Jackson fanfics, which I don't. Anywayz, great post!

Caroline said...

Great post! Thanks Adèle and Becky !
I like Athene too by the way :-)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

"Her trailing, silver-bell -trimmed robes in luscious pastel colours make the cast of Sex and the City look seriously frumpy"? *giggle*
Sounds awesome! :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I love the sound of Athene's dress. But my favourite is Aphrodiite; she causes some serious chaos!

Christina/Book Addict said...

What a fun guest post! I asked my students this very question the other day. I love the SATC reference as well. haha. :)

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