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Milo and the God of Seasons

By: Alexandria V.
Virginia, Age 13

Milo and the God of Seasons

Long ago, in ancient Rome, there was a man named Milo. Milo was not the typical farmer or potter, he was an artist. Back in these times, many artists were frowned upon, but Milo was the cause of that change. He could turn ordinary life into a work of art.
Most people wondered why Milo would not work for money. He could have easily worked on a farm tending animals or crops, but when asked why not he simply said ˘My heart is in art and that is where it will stay.÷ He would rather continue being a poor artist, than become a wealthy farmer.
The God of Seasons had the power to change the weather. He was a greedy god, and he wanted a creation of farmers to bow down to him, begging for good sun and plentiful rain. When word got out that he had one man named Milo, not pleading for good weather he ordered something be done.
He came to Milo in a dream, and told him that if he continued to follow his artistic ways then nothing but bad luck would follow him for the rest of his life. Milo never gave the dream a second thought and continued to work toward his destiny.
Then one day Milo heard that the God of Seasons was being banished from the throne. They said he was being too greedy, too hungry for power. The God of Seasons still wanted to be remembered even f he was no longer worthy of praise from the farmers and the rest of the working-class.
Once again the God of Seasons came to Milo in a dream. He wanted a portrait painted him, because he didnĂt want to perish without a memory. He apologized to Milo about his curse of bad luck and Milo awoke from his deep slumber.
He was strangely inspired by the god, and painted his portrait rather quickly. He felt that if was his best work of art, and he painted portraits of the other gods as well. When people began to see how talented Milo the Artist was, they also began to have a greater appreciation for art.
And still today, Art is greatly appreciated in Rome and Milo was the cause of this.