Amorous Ariane

a historical novel by Naomi Malone

Frederick Leighton (1830-1896), Nausicaa
(oil paint on canvas, approx. 1879)

Amorous Ariane

A feninistic view on Greek mythology! One wonders if that is even possible ....

This historical novel takes you back to a time when the world was still full of Gods, to the palaces and temples of Crete, where 3500 years ago the first feminist of Europe lived and worked. The smart and emancipated Ariane stands up for her father, the old and moody Minos, and secures him a kingdom. In the meantime, she remains firmly in charge there.

Immerse yourself in the world of the young princess, who initially prefers her own career at the Court of King Minos to the advances of the divine Dionysus. With a strongly developed sense of justice, she writes a law book that reflects equality between men and women. Crete becomes widely known for its balanced justice system.

In the end, Fate can not be avoided. And it comes from an unexpected angle.

In the meantime, a series of Pre-Greek myths are told.

The art treasures and objects that are handed over to us as heritage do not speak for themselves. “We are the ones who tell the story about those objects, we give them meaning, we hold them up to the light, examine them, cherish them and relate them to other stories,” Bas Heijne wrote in NRC (a Dutch newspaper) on 20 September 2019.

Minoan society was a high culture, and its heyday was from approx. 2,000 BC. to 1,200 BC.

Due to causes that have not yet been fully uncovered, this culture seems to have vanished without a trace around 1,200 BC.

It was only around 500 BC. that the Classical Greek culture was born, which we value so much today. The Minoan culture is a bit underexposed in history books though.

Naomi Malone is a Cretan author who lives in Dalfsen (the Netherlands). Henk Ruis (translator and editor) is a Dutch lawyer (, translator and editor.

Minoan women, fresco in the Palace of Knossos, Crete, Greece
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