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from God Father of us and Lord Jesus Christ.
I am a woman from Mukana. The leader of my people, the wanax, has sent a group led by my husband "Makh" Makhawon to negotiate trade with Ai-ku-pi-ti-jo [Aigyptos], or Kemet. Makh is originally from Millawanda (Miletus). Also with us is Makh�s brother Akhilleus. We plan to trade olive oil and pottery for Egyptian grain. [Mycenean pottery has been found in Akhetaten.]
Cities around Mukana include:
The dusk jacket has the novel set in 399 BC. I am a librarian who works with my half-sister Mariamne Philemon. My husband Ricardus of Athens is a trader and shipper of olives, and my children are Timotheos (married to Arsinoe), Briseis, Andromache, and Kassandre. My other half-sister is Katharos.
I am working at the Lyceum, Pereus Branch, commonly called the Peripatos Library of Pereus, an offshoot of Aristotle's old school, complete with a Catalogue. Aristotle has a large private library that he passed on to the successors of his school. It may have been refounded in the 1st century BC by Andronics of Rhodes, but they don't know for sure. It certainly was active again in the 2nd century AD.
Well, as the novel is set in 399, I am working at the Academy, Pereus Branch, commonly called the Peripatos Library of Pereus, an offshoot of Plato's Academy.
Visit our library
Or visits my section of the library.
See my family tree.
My name is Damaris Alexandra, daughter of Alexandros of Athens in Graecia. My husband is D. Andronicus Ricardus, who was partially raised by his late maternal uncle, S. Domitius Donatus. We named a son Donatus in his honor. Our eldest daughter Andronica has married A. Maccius.
My husband is an international merchant dealing in olives, figs, and grapes from Graecia, and he is from the equestrian class. As we are currently based in Aegyptus, I work in the library at Alexandria, and we live in the Brucheum (Greek Quarter of Alexandria).
Damaris in the Bible
Damaris was a woman who was mentioned briefly in Acts 17. On one of his missionary journeys, Paul spoke to the Athenians. Some believed him, and one who did was woman named Damaris.
Acts 17:34 in several versions:
(New International Version)
A few men became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.
There were still others, it turned out, who were convinced then and there, and stuck with Paul--among them Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris.
(King James Version)
Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
Who was she?
We don�t know. Her name may be a corruption of �damalis,� and if so, her name means �heifer.� One of the others who believed was a man named Dionysius, who was a member of the Areopagus. The Areopagus, or Mar�s Hill, was a very prominent court in Athens. Because she is named in the same sentence as him, he may be her husband. However, they probably had no connection with each other except for the fact they both believed when Paul was in Athens. If she had been his wife, she probably would not have been named and would only have been referred to as his wife.
She may have listened to Paul on the Areopagus, which would say something about her standing, or she may have listened to him in the synagogue or marketplace, where Paul also preached. Few Greek women are named in the Bible, so the fact that she is named suggests that she was prominent somehow. It may suggest she wasn�t Greek. However, in Acts 17:12 in Berea, the town before Athens, many prominent Greek men and women also believed. If she heard Paul in a public place, she might have been one of the hetairai, since hetairai were the only free women in public and were intellectual women who associated with philosophers and governing officials. But if she heard him in the synagogue, there was a place for respectable women.
While we know little about Damaris, the one thing we do know is that she heard Paul preach, and she believed.
Bell, Jr. Albert A. (1998). Exploring the New Testament World: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Jesus and the First Christians. Nashville TN: Thomas Nelson Inc.
Biblegateway.com. Acts 17:34
King James Version
Biblegateway.com. Acts 17:34
Biblegateway.com. Acts 17:34
New International Version
Commentaries. "Witness at Athens."
Deen, Edith. (1955). All the Women of the Bible. New York: Harper & Row.
Holman Bible Dictionary. (2001-2006). �Damaris.� StudyLight.org
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. (1915). "Entry for 'DAMARIS'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia".
Smith, William, Dr. (1901). "Entry for 'Dam�aris'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary".
I�m from Mukenai (Mycenae) in the land of the Ahhiyawa or Akaiwasha. The leader of my people, the wanax, has sent a group led by my husband "Makh" Makhawon to negotiate trade with Kemet. He is originally from Millawanda (Miletus). Also with us is Makh�s brother Akhilleus. We plan to trade olive oil and pottery for Egyptian grain. Besides trading, we wish to make our name more known among the peoples of the known world. Some people seem to think we�re from one of the Aegean islands or are closer to the Hatti (western Anatolia)!
We have lived in Mukenai and Tiryns.
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My work in Kemet:
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O is for Ostracon
- R is for Rhakotis
- S is for the Siwa Oasis