is the first evidence of a 'class movement' in ancient history?
Where does the American Dream actually begin?
Late Bronze Age
Preceding the Dorian
Invasion of Greecewhich many
scholars believe was not an invasion
at all, but a Middle-Class
movement from within:.....
To secure rights
and a better life for the
peasant and craftsman populations ruled by a rich, military
upperclass at that time, the Myceneans.
beginning of this middle-class movement can be
traced back years before to a philosopher-prince called Theseus
-- of Indo-European ancestry -- and a group of comrades
from Athens, thought to be organizing the first craft guilds and free-markets
for peasant farmers in the Attica region of Greece -- hoping
to expand this to all the kingdoms of the Greek Mainland
-- against the wishes of the ruling class.
But this occurs
at a time when the
Island-Empire of Crete in the Mediterranean -- the dominant sea-power
of the time -- was apparently considering
conquest and expansion onto the Greek
mainland, before it could unify and compete
against them in the Asian trade.
Legends suggest as a first step, a series
of taxes were placed on the kingdoms of the Greek Mainland.
believed Theseus and his friends were sent to the
capital city of Knossos, Crete -- as tax payments to perform in
the dangerous Cretan gladiator sport,
the Bulldance -- presumably
never to be heard from again.
at Knossos, Capitol of Crete
the young group not only survives --
but by making alliances with the athletes already there, and craftsman-trade
factions within the Cretan government -- they are able
to upset the Cretan plans for
conquest, and return to Greece to start a democratic
tradition at Athens.
Clearly, this would have been a major, high-risk political undertaking
'...Young people making choices about the world they live
and this is where all
the central ideas and concepts of the story come into play
Later, beyond our story
-- the ruling Myceneans were in fact driven out of power on the Greek
Mainland. And though the country reverted to a "dark age"
of regional conflict and strife soon after -- some elements of the democratic
form survived in Athens until its full rejuvenation in the Classical,
or Golden Age.....800 years later.
The story begins with a young philosopher called Theseus,
and five comrades from Athens
-- with the vision of a working-class society for barbaric,
mainland Greece -- which is still divided into many small kingdoms
-- often at war -- and a rich military class ruling over large
the group is sent to the capitol city of Knossos, Crete
-- as tax payments to perform in the famous Cretan gladiator sport,
And here the struggle begins not only to survive as a team in
the dangerous sport;
| but also to
find some way to stop the Cretan plans
for conquest of Greece. Either by getting support from
the indentured athletes
already sent there by their homelands -- or from some political
faction on Crete itself.
The Indentured Athletes
- "The Bulldancers"
| But this is
no small challenge;
because the athletes have no reason for patriotic loyalty to the
class-system of the Mainland, quite the contrary -- as pointed
out by their charismatic, anti-political
leader, Maicedonia [Maice]
and his immediate circle of friends, the "free-thinkers".
And the political mood of the Cretan government has definitely
shifted toward militarization and conquest
of the Greek Mainland, before it can threaten the Islands of Crete
-- as led by the powerful senator Rhadamanthos,
who makes a convincing argument for Nationalist survival; and
social order over social freedom.
key romantic alliances develop between
Theseus and Ariadne,
daughter of the aging Emperor
Minos,of Crete, -- who
is in touch with a small
Theseus & Ariadne
but persistent peace/trade faction
within the Cretan government. And
also between Maicedonia and Sinjah
-- (a lonely young outcast from the Omazons)
-- who joins the Athenians in the team-method of the
Bulldance-- and later, their political cause as
And in the final scene
an earthquake [historically
-- could play
a role in the story's dramatic conclusion.....
fast-moving story reaches a peak
when Rhadamanthos and the
enough votes for conquest of Greece, and the Emperor's throne--
as Minos makes a final offer of help to Theseus and the
Athenians before his death.
And in an ironic twist, Maicedonia
is killed while saving the life of Theseus in the
last stadium event before the planned revolution-- whereby
the Athenians finally strike an
alliance between all of the Bulldancers -- and
militia forces opposing Rhadamanthos in the city of Knossos.
Minos, with the