Daily Archives: October 11, 2013

Friday Fictioneers: Poseidon’s Fury

Time for Friday Fictioneers again – and another unusual photo to inspire hundred-word stories. Go over to Rochelle Wisoff-Field’s site, read the other contributions, and try your own mini-story! Here’s mine – please let me know what you think of it.

sandra-crook-3Poseidon’s Fury

Oh, the earthquake. I was dictating my new play to my scribe, when the ground rolled under my feet. I had to throw my arms around an olive tree to keep from falling. But that was only the beginning, just Poseidon’s joke. Next he was angry – cracks ran through the olive grove, and in the town walls and pillars broke and fell.

Anyway, that’s how the theater was ruined. We had to cancel the festival for this year and offer extra sacrifices so the gods won’t resent losing the entertainment. And I know my play would have won!

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In ancient Greece, earthquakes were thought to be caused by Poseidon, the god of the sea.

Ancient Greek play writing was competitive – I suppose it still is, but today we don’t hold a formal contest to decide who wrote the best play of the year!