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Editor says, what if Miriam and Menelaus were lovers? muses Jackie Rose. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Lovers thread.
It is 1184 BC,and two crucial events are taking place: the Argives are about to attack Troy in order to bring Queen Helen back to Sparta, and the Hebrews have fled from Egypt.
Miriam and MenelausBut one night changes everything. It is the fateful event when the two groups meet in the desert, and King Menelaus of Sparta sees Miriam dancing there. On learning that her bother is Moses, the Hebrew leader, he decides that she would be a far better bride than his own Helen of Troy .. in beauty, in talent and, by all accounts, in virtue as well.
So he decides to let the Trojans have his former wife, while he takes Miriam for his own. Seeing the advantages in this alliance, Moses is happy to agree. The Argives and Hebrews are now allied against their long-time enemies, Troy and Egypt, making them the most powerful alliance in the known world. The encounter is also celebrated in my own novel Miriam and Menelaus available at www.fictionwise.com
Editor says, in reality neither the Iliad nor the Bible records this romance (which goes further than merely reporting a romance,like some Bronze Age Danielle Steel). But scholars do agree that both the Trojan War and Hebrew Exodus took place in 1184 bc. The encounter is also celebrated in my own "Miriam and Menelaus", where you can read a summary and excerpt by searching under the title at www.fictionwise.com. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.