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Mary’s Musings: Moirae (the Three Fates)

The Triumph of Death, or The 3 Fates. Flemish tapestry (probably Brussels, ca. 1510-1520)

Among our many performers supporting the project by incorporating mythological characters we’ll hvae three lovely ladies taking on the roles of The Three Fates:

The Greeks of the high classical age put strong faith in the idea of fate and of an unavoidable course of life. They thought every life had a reason for beginning, and that reason was also its end. (Fate is distinguished from Destiny, which has more of an undertone of control.) This divinely indifferent culmination of the course of life is what the three Fates represent. Their name in ancient Greek is Moira, which means “a portion,” so the three Moirae represent the personification of the share of existence that is meted out to all living things. The Moirae are ever-present in the Trojan story. Continue reading

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Mary’s Musings: Acrobatics in the Bronze Age

Our Trojan Horse – Featured Artists will include performers reviving ancient Greek acrobatics traditions. And in the old times, acrobatics was a lot more dangerous, as you’ll see:

Crete's most famous bull-leaping fresco from Knossos (~1700-1500 BC)

The finest example of Bronze Age acrobats is from the palace at Knossos on Crete. It was the center of the Minoan empire, which dominated trade as the single greatest maritime power the ancient world ever saw. At the Knossos palace there are striking murals of lithe youths twirling and sailing through the horns of bulls.

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