Odysseus Unbound - The Search for Homer’s Ithaca

Results 2005

Dec 9 2005

Global Mapper technology confirms Homer’s description of ancient Ithaca as 'low-lying'

Latest version of software package calculates average elevation above sea level of Paliki vs. Ithaki

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Nov 28 2005

NASA’s ‘World Wind’ Planetary Visualisation software pinpoints proposed site of ancient Ithaca

NASA's free 'World Wind' software can be downloaded to track the discovery. Fly around ancient Ithaca on your PC.

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Sep 29 2005

John Underhill, James Diggle and Robert Bittlestone

International project team announces discovery of location of Homer’s Ithaca:

  • Dramatic geological shifts hid solution to mystery of Odysseus’ island for 3,000 years
  • Peninsula in western Kefallinia believed to have been a separate island
  • Catastrophic earthquakes triggered massive landslides that joined islands together

What is potentially one of the most exciting classical discoveries for over 130 years was revealed in London today. At a conference held at the Foreign Press Association, Robert Bittlestone (Chairman of management consultancy Metapraxis Ltd), James Diggle (Professor of Greek and Latin at Cambridge University) and John Underhill (Professor of Stratigraphy at Edinburgh University) announced that they had found new and compelling evidence in support of the location of ancient Ithaca, the island described in great detail in Homer’s Odyssey.

Full text of Press announcement

Channel 4 Special Report – Ancient Mystery

By Julian Rush

“Now one of the great mysteries of the Ancient World may be a step closer to resolution. Was the city of Ithaca, home of Greek hero Odysseus, not a myth but a real place? A British businessman has used the latest technology developed by NASA to try to place the city in modern day Greece. As our science correspondent Julian Rush explains, he took as his guide the words used to describe the location of Ithaca by Homer, written more than 2,500 years ago.”

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