Odysseus Unbound - The Search for Homer’s Ithaca

Events

Oct 6 2008 19:00

Wimbledon Bookfest

At Southside House, 3-4 Woodhayes Road, Wimbledon Common, London SW19 4RJ. +44 (0) 20 8540 2353

Where was Homer’s Ithaca?

Robert Bittlestone

Since the publication of Odysseus Unbound: The Search for Homer’s Ithaca in 2005, a major research project has been under way in Kefalonia to test the book’s radical solution to this age-old mystery. Author Robert Bittlestone will describe the latest news from the island with slides, film clips and satellite images.

Doors open 7.00pm, event starts 7.30pm. Duration: 1 hour (refreshments available).

Tickets at £7.50 are on sale from the Polka Theatre Box Office, book online here or call +44 (0) 20 8543 4888.

Location details and map. Further information is available from Margaret Lewisohn.

Oct 2 2008 18:00

Geological Society of London, Burlington House, W1J 0BG

Where was Odysseus' homeland? The geological, geomorphological and geophysical evidence for relocating Homer’s Ithaca.

Professor John Underhill, University of Edinburgh

John Underhill has been leading the geological, geophysical and geomorphological tests of Robert Bittlestone's theory that the Paliki peninsula in western Kefalonia might have been a free-standing island as recently as 3,000 years ago. Confirmation of that hypothesis would have dramatic ramifications for our understanding of Homeric Greece.

17.30 Tea, coffee and biscuits; 18.00 Lecture begins; 19.00 Short reception; 20.00 Depart.

Entry to all Shell London Lecture Series events is free to all, but by ticket only. To obtain a ticket please contact Alys Johnson (alys.johnson@geolsoc.org.uk, +44 (0) 20 7432 0981). Please note that due to the popularity of the lecture series, tickets will be allocated on a monthly basis.

Further details are available at the Geological Society website.

Apr 16 2008 13:00

The Geological Society Bicentenary

Regional University Shell Lecture Series - Leeds University

Where was Homer’s Ithaca?

Professor John Underhill, University of Edinburgh

The talk will summarise the results of all the geological, geophysical and geomorphic methods that have been used over the past three years in an attempt to test the validity of Strabo's Channel on Kefalonia as a historical reality. The results may yet provide us with an elegant solution to a 3,000 year old mystery.

Contact jane@see.leeds.ac.uk

"Many thanks for your visit today. Your lecture was a great success and everyone enjoyed talking with you."

Apr 10 2008 19:00

The Geological Society of Glasgow

The Scottish Hellenic Society
G12 at Gilmorehill, 9 University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ

Where was Odysseus’ homeland? The geological, geomorphological and geophysical evidence for relocating Homer’s Ithaca.

Professor John Underhill, University of Edinburgh

The talk will summarise the results of all the geological, geophysical and geomorphic methods that have been used over the past three years in an attempt to test the validity of Strabo's Channel on Kefalonia as a historical reality. The results may yet provide us with an elegant solution to a 3,000 year old mystery.

Contact geolsocglas@uk2.net or elaineshearer@btinternet.com

"Many thanks for your excellent talk at the Glasgow Geol. Soc. last night. Everyone I talked to was full of praise for it. I hope the work in Greece continues to go well and I look forward to seeing the results."

"Great to meet you at last. I very much enjoyed your talk (and the chat beforehand). Your lecture went down well with both groups - you are an excellent story-teller."

Mar 15 2008 11:30

Eleftherodakis Bookshop, 17 Panepistimiou Street, Athens

Odysseus Unbound: The Search for Homer’s Ithaca

Robert Bittlestone, Chairman of Metapraxis Ltd.

James Diggle, Professor of Greek and Latin at Cambridge University

Elias Toumasatos, Director of the Corgialenios Library, Argostoli

will visit the bookshop on Saturday morning, where they look forward to meeting readers, customers and staff and to saying a few words about the Greek edition of Odysseus Unbound, newly published in Athens by Ekdoseis Polytropon. They will also be happy to sign copies of the book. To reserve your copy beforehand contact Eleftherodakis Bookshop, 21032 58447.

James Diggle, Robert Bittlestone and Elias Toumasatos met with many Eleftherodakis customers, ably supported by Paula Yannika from the bookshop and by Rony Ganiari and Maria Charalabi from Polytropon.

Elefetherodakis window Maria Charalabi and Rony Ganiari Robert Bittlestone and James Diggle Robert Bittlestone and James Diggle

Mar 14 2008 19:00

Benaki Museum, 1 Koumbari St. & Vas. Sofias Ave., Athens

Odysseus Unbound: The Search for Homer’s Ithaca

Robert Bittlestone, Chairman of Metapraxis Ltd.

James Diggle, Professor of Greek and Latin at Cambridge University

Elias Toumasatos, Director of the Corgialenios Library, Argostoli

Petros Stathatos, Chief Executive, Ekdoseis Polytropon

will speak about the Greek edition of Odysseus Unbound, newly published in Athens by Ekdoseis Polytropon, and they will summarise the progress of research in Kefalonia over the 5 years since the project began in 2003.

After the talk there will be a drinks reception at which guests can meet the authors and purchase signed copies of the book.

Numbers are limited and so those wishing to attend should reserve a place by contacting Ekdoseis Polytropon, email info@ekdoseispolytropon.gr or tel. 21036 34780.

An audience of over 150 delegates arrived at the Benaki Museum to attend the presentation, which was also filmed by Greece's SKAI TV and broadcast the next day.
Click here to watch the news item.

A lively discussion ensued over the question and answer session as representatives from several of the Ionian Islands presented their own perspective on this historic debate. Our thanks are due to Aimilia Geroulanou, President of the Board of Trustees and grand-daughter of founder Antonis Benakis, for her opening remarks; to Deputy Director Irine Geroulanou for her support and enthusiasm; to Mayor of Paliki Nopi Alexandropoulou for her words of encouragement at the outset of the evening; and to Petros Stathatos and all the team at Ekdoseis Polytropon for organising the event.

Robert Bittlestone and James Diggle Benaki Gallery James Diggle and Robert Bittlestone James Diggle and Elias Toumasatos Nopi Alexandropoulou, Robert Bittlestone and Petros Stathatos Robert Bittlestone and James Diggle Irine Geroulanou and James Diggle Petros Stathatos (Polytropon) and Elias Toumasatos Robert Bittlestone and James Diggle

Mar 11 2008 19:00

Lixouri Theatre, Paliki, Kefalonia

Odysseus Unbound: The Search for Homer’s Ithaca

Robert Bittlestone, Chairman of Metapraxis Ltd.

James Diggle, Professor of Greek and Latin at Cambridge University

Elias Toumasatos, Director of the Corgialenios Library, Argostoli

Petros Stathatos, Chief Executive, Ekdoseis Polytropon

will speak about the Greek edition of Odysseus Unbound, newly published in Athens by Ekdoseis Polytropon, and they will summarise the progress of research in Kefalonia over the 5 years since the project began in 2003.

After the talk guests can meet the authors and purchase signed copies of the book. To reserve your copy beforehand contact Solomos Bookshop, 26710 93522.

James Diggle Robert Bittlestone

Over 100 residents of Lixouri and the surrounding villages arrived to hear James Diggle, Robert Bittlestone, Elias Toumasatos and Petros Stathatos presenting the latest news of the project in Kefalonia.

Elias Toumasatos James Diggle and Robert Bittlestone

The presentation was introduced by Mayor Nopi Alexandropoulou and conversations continued afterwards over the book-signing. The evening ended in the aimiable confines of Zorba's restaurant.

Feb 19 2008 18:15

The Grant Institute
West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JW

Where was Odysseus’ homeland? A presentation for the Central Scotland Regional Group of the Geological Society

John Underhill has been leading the geological, geophysical and geomorphological tests of the theory that the Paliki peninsula in western Kefalonia might have been a freestanding island as recently as 3,000 years ago. Confirmation of that hypothesis would have dramatic ramifications for our understanding of classical Greece. Underhill has been an AAPG member since 1983, a Matson Award recipient and an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer and Award winner. He holds a BSc in Geology from Bristol University and a PhD from the University of Wales. He worked for Shell International for five years before joining the University of Edinburgh, where he holds the Chair of Stratigraphy. He has done significant research into the geology and geomorphology of Greece, and in his spare time referees football matches in the Scottish Premier League.

Click here for further details or for a map. For attendance inquiries contact John Brown.

John Underhill addressed a group of enthusiastic members of the Regional Group in Edinburgh.

Jan 21 2008 13:00

Department of Earth Sciences
Durham University, Durham DH1 3LE

Where was Odysseus' homeland? The geological, geomorphological and geophysical evidence for relocating Homer’s Ithaca.

John Underhill, Professor of Geology at Edinburgh University, will speak at the Department of Earth Sciences, Teaching Room 3, Durham University about the latest developments in the project to identify Homer’s Ithaca. Further details are available here. Contact: yaoling.niu@durham.ac.uk

The talk was very well received and an attendee writes "It was refreshing to see how imagination, ancient history and geology can be used objectively to propose alternative solutions to age-old problems"