At last my novel, Realms of Gold is completed. Many of you have heard (countless times) about my coming upon the magnificent cratère de Vix in a museum in Burgundy. The Vix Krater is an immense bronze vessel used in the ancient Greek ritual mixing of wine with water. The Krater was found in the tomb of a Celtic princess (or priestess) and is dated circa 510 B.C.
How the Krater made its way from Sybaris in Greater Greece (Southern Italy) to Vix, a village near Châtillon-sur Seine in Burgundy, is the story I've told. My book is, at heart, a novel about story-telling and the oral tradition. Its settings are Venice, New York and Burgundy in 2007. Bianca Fiore, the protagonist, makes a startling conclusion about this great Krater--what it meant to the ancient Celts--and what (she is convinced) it should mean to us today.