Odysseus Unbound - The Search for Homer’s Ithaca


June 24 2008

ECLIPSE as it would have been seen from mountains on Paliki, a peninsula in the Ionian Islands that may have been the setting for the Odyssey. Courtesy of Marcelo Magnasco.

Is an eclipse described in the Odyssey?

Scientific American

“Researchers say that references to planets and constellations in the Odyssey describe a solar eclipse that occurred in 1178 B.C., nearly three centuries before Homer is believed to have written the story. If correct, the finding would suggest that the ancient poet had a surprisingly detailed knowledge of astronomy. ”


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