I am not an expert authority on either of these subjects, I am just another person in history who wants to share my interpretation of both. My interpretations, for lack of a better word, is just that, my view of them. I read some interesting articles that are making their way on FB. One was from Once Upon a Blog, and the other a site called "Intellectual Takeout".
Bill Willingham was quoted, on his graphic series entitled 'Fables', stating that "The thing that I love about it (folklore) is it belongs to everyone, but not in a community. It is not like we get together and decide what we're going to do with it. Our ownership of this, we individually own 100% of it. We're all born rich with this wonderful Treasure."(Once Upon a Blog...http://fairytalenewsblog.blogspot May 14, 2015.)
This is something that I agree with. We are all given a precious commodity when we are born, the tales as told by the people who have come before. And some of the most powerful of these, open to the interpretation of those within the coming generations, is to make them our own, while still protecting this gift for others, that they might enjoy such a gift. I hope that my interpretation of the classics, will help others make their own.
Unfortunately, my excitement for the amazing and inspiring interview with a brilliant authors take on his own work, quickly dissolved when I ran into another article.
One that fired me up, with Zeus' anger. It was an article stating that classical Mythology was too triggering for Columbia Students. (http://reason.com/blog/2015/05/12/trigger-warning-mythology) A student who was a victim of raped called for the professors to be more sensitive when teaching provocative or controversial material such as the Roman Classical Poet Ovid. An instructor teaching it would focus on things like the language and imagery provoked. In the 'rape culture' it is understandable that the subject would be hard; however, I do not agree with the student here. Her reactions are valid, however her call for this no longer to be taught seems ill advised.
I would ask that the student read it again, perhaps even take another look at Persephone and Daphne. I think that she might find strength and hidden courage, that could help her with her own situation. Unfortunately our society has learned to fondle the wounded, which is only creating a rather immature society. There are a lot of horrible things out there, classical mythology shines a light on a lot of them. These legends and myths stand the test of time, because they are still relevant, and always will be. A professor who has to teach on eggshells is no professor I want to learn from. I hope that the student gets the helps she needs, and perhaps she will even find it in the unlikeliest of places, like the passages within the Ovid.
I Digress. And as I immerge back into my own book series I take comfort in the knowledge that I have 100% ownership of this wonderful treasure. I am grateful for those who came before and protected it so that I could write my twist on the old tales.
Just something to think about while I transport myself back to Ancient Greece.
K. A. Petentler