Hosta By Kelley

Atlantis

We all know the story ... Or do we?

from  July 2014 Second Editon of Hostas By Kelley

 

Most of us have heard the story of Atlantis. ... and that it sank.  Some of it is based on historic events some of it has been based on fiction.  For the purposes of this blog this part of the story explans clearly why Atlantis is on my wish list of Hosta.  So gather round my good little gardeners and listien!

 

Atlantis, the mythical continent that was said to have been in the Atlantic.   It was said to have sunken by either natural cataclysm (earthquakes and volcanoes), or by divine decree of its 'Protectors'.  Who were said to be the Protectors of Atlantis?  To get this story one must search the stories of the Roman God of Aries.  The story goes something like this:

Aries was far from celibate.  According to annals of mythology there are probably a good two dozen children by his fathering.  It is told that his favored son's were Deimos and Phobos.  Mythology suggests that these son's came to him when they had grown to be young men and asked of him, "How can we understand good leadership among mortal men?"

Aries, in his wisdom, knew these sons meant more than just leading wars, and military campaigns, so he went to his brother Zeus and told him of the conversation.  Zeus was deeply interested in what these son's of Aries were asking.  He said, "I will have Poseidon open the ocean floor, and he and i shall make new land.  Your son's may rule it without interference of others."

Aries knew what his brother meant.  Not even he could tamper with this order of power given to his sons.  But Aries agreed, and went back to tell his sons of Zeus' great benevolence. The land came forth and men came to the land.  For one-thousand years the brothers ruled in harmony with the people who populated the land.  Atlantis was said to be a near utopia.  And then discord began to occur between its citizens.  The brothers could not contain the cause effect of the discord.  They pleaded with citizens to rethink their path.  But the citizens refused to listen to the divine brothers; and the chaos of the civilization grew to something disliked by either of the brothers.  They turned to their father Aries and asked if this was his doing.

"No." he replied calmly, "by divine promise neither I, nor another force, am unable to guide Atlantis or its people.  They were given to you by Zeus, himself, when you asked about leadership. The problem is totally and fully yours."

The brothers pleaded for guidance.  Aries quietly but firmly held the line.  He refused to offer any type of advice.

The two left to re-access the problem.  The brothers believed in the people who were there, but neither could find a solution to restore the Utopian civilization they once had.  The brothers called the wisest of the citizens together, and they met with them on divine terms,  "If the behavior of the people does not change in fourteen moons time we will put an end to this ourselves. We have been benevolent and patient Protectors of this land.  Our patience has come to an end.  For nearly 1,000 years you've had a civilization that no-one else has had!"

The gathered asked, "What retribution should we expect?"

The brothers seeing where this could lead responded, "The retribution is ours to chose by Zeus' word.  We shall not tell what our choice is, but we remind you our father is Aries.  His blood is our blood.  That ought to be warning enough."  And they left.

They went to Poseidon and asked him to sink Atlantis.   And he agreed.  The more famous second half of the story/myth you probably know … depending on the version of the story you've learned.

 

Ok folks story time lis over - go back to whatever you were doing!  We'll catch each other in two weeks when there will be more to tell about hosta.

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