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Weird question: help me with finding a myth for drama?
« on: April 21, 2012, 01:57:43 pm »
So my drama group are devising a piece to act out at the end of term, and - to cut a very long discussion short - we are planning on doing something based on the story of a Greek myth, and hopefully one involving a shipwreck. Does anyone know of a good Greek myth in which a shipwreck features prominently?

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Re: Weird question: help me with finding a myth for drama?
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2012, 02:17:36 pm »
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So my drama group are devising a piece to act out at the end of term, and - to cut a very long discussion short - we are planning on doing something based on the story of a Greek myth, and hopefully one involving a shipwreck. Does anyone know of a good Greek myth in which a shipwreck features prominently?

 
Off the top of my head, there are parts of the Odyssey.  I can't recall any others at the moment, though.


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Re: Weird question: help me with finding a myth for drama?
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2012, 04:35:46 pm »
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So my drama group are devising a piece to act out at the end of term, and - to cut a very long discussion short - we are planning on doing something based on the story of a Greek myth, and hopefully one involving a shipwreck. Does anyone know of a good Greek myth in which a shipwreck features prominently?


The Argonautica has two ship wreck scenes in it.  Though for me the most explicit is the scene where the ship is pretty well wrecked by Talos due to thier disurbing of the sacred site.  HOwever, one might also build it about the scene where the Argo is beat up pretty good at the clashing rock though Medas ship if I recall correctly is sunk in the same scene.

Been a while since i read it so double check the specifics.  But as to a tale of story specifically about a ship wreck nothing comes to mind.

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Re: Weird question: help me with finding a myth for drama?
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2012, 04:38:58 pm »
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The Argonautica has two ship wreck scenes in it.  Though for me the most explicit is the scene where the ship is pretty well wrecked by Talos due to thier disurbing of the sacred site.  HOwever, one might also build it about the scene where the Argo is beat up pretty good at the clashing rock though Medas ship if I recall correctly is sunk in the same scene.

Been a while since i read it so double check the specifics.  But as to a tale of story specifically about a ship wreck nothing comes to mind.

 
Thanks, I will look into it and see which will be better. :)

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Re: Weird question: help me with finding a myth for drama?
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2012, 05:13:47 pm »
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Off the top of my head, there are parts of the Odyssey.  I can't recall any others at the moment, though.

 
Ooh. *goes and gets children's book of Odyssey from spare room* I will have a look at the plot.

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Re: Weird question: help me with finding a myth for drama?
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2012, 05:56:01 pm »
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The Argonautica has two ship wreck scenes in it.

Probably the best source, especially as this is a myth than many people will at least be familiar with.
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The Argonautica ..


Perhaps presumptious on my part but I probably should state the the story of the Argonautica is the story of Jason and the Argonauts and their search for the golden fleece.

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So my drama group are devising a piece to act out at the end of term, and - to cut a very long discussion short - we are planning on doing something based on the story of a Greek myth, and hopefully one involving a shipwreck. Does anyone know of a good Greek myth in which a shipwreck features prominently?

 
This might be a stretch, but the myth of Dionysus involves him filling the whole thing with ivy and driving the sailors mad with music, so they leaped from the boat and turned into dolphins. Presumably, the ivy and lack of crew would lead to a shipwreck.
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This might be a stretch, but the myth of Dionysus involves him filling the whole thing with ivy and driving the sailors mad with music, so they leaped from the boat and turned into dolphins. Presumably, the ivy and lack of crew would lead to a shipwreck.


Not quite the same but that would make the scene where Ulysses ties his men to the beams and rails to keep them from diving into the sea due to the Siren's song a shipwreck.  The Siren's song driving them mad and making them abandon the ship as it is driven upon the rocks to be wrecked and sunk.   If I recall correctly Ulyssess stuffed his ears with cloth and/or wax and tied himself to the wheel and even then he was still subject to their call and song.  Eventually distancing his ship from their song and saving it.

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Re: Weird question: help me with finding a myth for drama?
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2012, 03:29:18 am »
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This might be a stretch, but the myth of Dionysus involves him filling the whole thing with ivy and driving the sailors mad with music, so they leaped from the boat and turned into dolphins. Presumably, the ivy and lack of crew would lead to a shipwreck.

 
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Not quite the same but that would make the scene where Ulysses ties his men to the beams and rails to keep them from diving into the sea due to the Siren's song a shipwreck.  The Siren's song driving them mad and making them abandon the ship as it is driven upon the rocks to be wrecked and sunk.   If I recall correctly Ulyssess stuffed his ears with cloth and/or wax and tied himself to the wheel and even then he was still subject to their call and song.  Eventually distancing his ship from their song and saving it.

 
Thanks for both of these.

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