Since ancient times, tales of revenge make good stories. Greek mythology is the source of these vaguely remembered tales, but with a special spin.
A Miletus woman slave in Thales and the Thracian Maid, is devoted to the man. A condescending Thales does not want her around, but he finally takes to her late in life. She is the only one who understands that everything is water. What is meant by that?
Revenge is central in Theseusiad. When hero Theseus comes to Crete to confront the Minotaur, he is saved by Ariadne, but he abandons her asleep under a bush on a distant beach on his return to Athens. Arriving home, he becomes king by mere forgetfulness. His deeds are judged by his men and do not go unpunished.
In Declaration of a Tyrant, the men of Samos lord it over their wives and treat them cruelly. Even the boys are trained to whip their sisters. What happens to these women when the Persians conquer Samos? Why is revenge such a universal theme and so comforting?
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