Reading William Dalyrimple's From the Holy Mountain makes me think of Prospero. In Byzantine times there were many old stories of magician's being cast adrift on the ocean to drown because of the unchristian sorcery they practice. Why is this interesting? Something to do with the same story being used to see the sorcerer or intellectual as both evil and good. And what about Caliban? Where is he in the Byzantine scheme of things?
In other news work on adapting Ben Rice's novel Pobby and Dingan is hotting up. Worked with RSAMD students on the first draft and can't wait to see it in on stage. Coming to you from Catherine Wheels, it'll be available at all good theatres in March.