Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Myth, Legend And History In Fiction
Julius Caesar visited Ys although he did not mention it.
Augustus' engineers built the Ysan sea wall and public buildings in the Forum.
Magnus Maximus, Western Roman Emperor, sent the future King Grallon to Ys.
St Martin helped Grallon and counselled his cousin, the future St Patrick.
St Corentin became chaplain to Ys.
The Morrigu and Mithras appeared in battles outside the city.
Grallon sends a messenger to the dictator Stilicho.
The Sea God, Lir, Son of Chaos, remains off-stage but destroys the city.
Niall of the Nine Hostages is the human agent of the destruction of Ys.
Grallon's daughter, Dahut, unwittingly helps Niall, then haunts the sea above the sunken city.
The Andersons masterfully combine these elements into a single narrative.