A new movie by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Odyssey” about an ancient Egyptian race war that is the subject of a new book is raising some eyebrows, but it is helping many residents of Los Angeles get a little bit of a leg up.
The latest installment in “The Penguins of Madagascar” series, by New York Times best-selling author and New York City native Patrick Nielsen Hayden, tells the story of an ancient Greek empire fighting a civil war between the Peloponnesian and Mycenaean civilizations.
According to Nielsen Hayden’s book, the Greeks were defeated by a group of Mycenean barbarians known as the “Great Fire of Athens.”
They fled to a land in the Pelops Mountains, where they built the city of Mykonos.
The Greeks also built the largest temple in history, which would become the center of the city’s worship and trade, according to the book.
While many of the characters in “Penguins of Madagascar,” like the fictional leader Porus the Great and his wife Athena, are Greek, other characters are Mycenic.
A Greek-speaking character, who is not named, is the god of the Mycenaean pantheon.
A new trailer for the film released Monday shows the protagonist and his companion, the legendary Porus, traveling in the mountains.
While the plot details are still sketchy, it seems likely that Porus is the main antagonist.
“I am not an expert on the Mycaenaeans, but I’m pretty sure they were my friends,” Hayden said in an interview.
“I’ve seen a lot of Mycaenean sites, so I know they were there, and it was my first time going to a site where I knew I had to learn about their history.”
Hayden said he was initially nervous about taking on the project, but after reading the book, he said it made sense.
The film will be released on March 20 and stars Liam Neeson, Kate Winslet, and Mark Ruffalo, among others.
It will be available in the U.S. through Netflix and Amazon.