I. Discovery – Ancient Tablets

Stone wall, Temple of Apollo, Ægina, Greece, Wikimedia photo by Ricardo André Frantz, 2005.
Stone wall, Temple of Apollo, Ægina, Greece, Wikimedia photo by Ricardo André Frantz, 2005.

When earthquakes fractured Taygetus Mountains,
Sparta fell to upheaval, thousands died from slave
Rebellions, collapsing brick and rubble. Unearthed
Within ruins of stone walls, ancient tablets uplifted,
Inscribed with archaic writings, languages of Pindar’s
Lost Dorians, predating classical Greece, rising
Enlightenment of Ægean dawn.

Cast aside as debris, clay tablets were nearly hauled
Away, until Kryillos, a Syracuse-educated soldier,
Realized their importance to decoding ancient past.
Waist-high to a man, each bore different time-lost
Symbols: Æolic, Doric, and Ionic. Kryillos loaded
Them on a horse-drawn cart, delivering the tablets
To Athena’s temple for protection and careful study.

Presence of intriguing tablets aroused curiosity of
Athena, female god of heroic endeavors. For months,
Kryillos transcribed each tablet fragment onto numbered
Parchments, comparing them to remnants of early
Grecian records. As history of the tablets unfolded,
Accounts bore messages much the same, origins of
Ancient gods, predating Neolithic Age.

From dark recesses of the universe, a fiery light
Kindled earthly creation, personification of sky,
Uranus and Geae ushered forth an epoch, deities
Interacting with man, love and furies, preparing
Golden Age of Kronos and Rhea, a prehistory
Obscured even to Zeus and Hera, and hosts of
Minor deities, fates complicating grand designs.

“Let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter.”  – Homer, “The Iliad.”

This concludes Part 1 of 4. The next section is “II. Kryillos’ Reward – Longevity.”

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