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Friday Fictioneers – Hermes

8 November, 2013

Welcome to Friday, welcome FriFic. Bigups to Rochelle for continued service to us all, and supplying pics, prompts and pencouragement (sorry, couldnt think of another ‘P’ word). This week’s pic is thus:


And these are the 100 words my head has supplied to me this week:

Demitrius stood at the threshold of The Lyceum and looked upwards to the bust of Hermes in the door lintel, observing and protecting all those who entered. His grandfather had spent many years studying and later teaching here and on the day Demitrius spoke his first word, declared that the boy was a prodigy. He too would follow him, continue the family line he insisted traced back to Plato

Two years ago, at the graveside, Demitrius silently promised his grandfather that he would honour him.

He looked higher, heavenward, and smiled. He clutched his satchel tighter and opened the door.



AUTHOR’S NOTE: The original ancient Lyceum in Athens was a school founded by Aristole, a student of Plato. The Lyceum in this work is a fictional building assumed to be on the same site. Also, Plato was  never recorded to have married or had children, indeed many scholars believe he was gay. Artistic licence has been taken by the author and the Grandfather in the story. Hermes was the God of Knowledge though, I didn’t make that up!

  1. Dear TRG,

    A dedicated son. Good on him and you for sharing his story.



  2. Dear RG,

    You left me wondering what Demitrius promised his grandfather. Well written and thought provoking.



  3. Nice bit of history woven in there! And I love mythology, especially Greek and Roman. Love it!

  4. Just plain wonderful! Sad, but wonderful all the same!

  5. A lovely tale woven from Athenian aspirations. So bizarre, as I live in Athens now, where the legacy of its ancestors continues to flourish, despite what the rest of the world thinks.

    • I’d love to visit Athens! I have been to Rome, it’s a beautiful city where the ancient seemlessly sits beside the modern and bustling. I imagine Athens to be similar.
      Also as I said to Tiffany above, i love reading the greek classics so i feel i should visit the country that originated them

  6. Wonderful take on the prompt! So fun to write these, but doubly to see what others find in the photo. I like the way you tie the ancient history with the continuation of tradition. Well done!

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