Odysseus Unbound - The Search for Homer’s Ithaca

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Jul 10 2009

Greek translation of latest Geoscientist article

We are pleased to announce the availability of a Greek translation of the recent Geoscientist article Testing Classical Enigmas by Professor John Underhill of the University of Edinburgh. It has been translated from the magazine Geoscientist Vol. 9 No. 18 (September 2008) with the kind permission of the publisher Dr.Ted Nield. Geoscientist magazine is the monthly color magazine of the Geological Society of London.

The Greek translation was effected by Titika Faraklou. Nikos Lykakis of the University of Edinburgh and Anastasia Strati of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens were the scientific proof-readers. Their contribution is gratefully recognised.

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For the English version, scroll down to Sep 1 2008

Jul 1 2009

Relocating Odysseus’ homeland

John Underhill, Nature Geoscience July 2009

Homer’s Ithaca had been viewed as a work of poetic licence and imprecise geography. However, as recent research shows, the island's form may have been disguised over the past two millennia by catastrophic rockfalls, co-seismic uplift events and relative sea-level change.

Nature Geoscience website

Full text of article (PDF)

Mar 31 2009

SAGEEP 2009, Fort Worth, Texas

Geophysics in the Search for Homer’s Ithaca

Greg Hodges, Chief Geophysicist, Fugro Airborne Surveys

The Odysseus Unbound project includes analysis of the Paliki peninsula for supporting evidence that it was once the island of Ithaca, home of Odysseus. Geophysical surveys including airborne EM (magnetometry, conductivity and LIDAR), marine seismic surveys (sidescan sonar, multibeam and sub-bottom profiling) and ground-based techniques (resistivity, magnetometry, gravity and seismic refraction) are being used to read the geological history of this island over the last 3200 years.

SAGEEP is the Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Environmental and Engineering Problems, organised by the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS).

This presentation was delivered as a Keynote Session on the morning of Tuesday March 31.

Click here for the conference paper (3 Mb PDF)

Jan 12 2009

How far was Eumaios’ Pigfarm from Odysseus’ Palace?

Robert Bittlestone, REVUE DES ETUDES ANCIENNES 110 (2008)

Reproduced with the kind permission of the Editor

"Is the Ithaca of Homer’s Odyssey based on a real or imaginary island? Although the poet’s description (at 9.19-26) has long appeared enigmatic, recent research on the Paliki peninsula of Kefalonia now points towards a real location. This opens up the tantalising possibility that specific sites in the poem such as Eumaios’ Pigfarm may also have existed in the Late Bronze Age, emphasising the importance of a precise understanding of their local geography. "

This article considers the question posed by Matthias Steinhart, reviewing Odysseus Unbound: The Search for Homer’s Ithaca in the Revue des Études Anciennes 109 (2007) no. 1, pp 322-324

If it is 1.5 km to go from Eumaios’ Pigfarm to Odysseus’ Palace, how would it be possible for Odysseus to say that the city – which is nearby the Palace – is far away and for Eumaios – departing after breakfast and coming home in the evening without any longer stay – to need the whole day for his trip?

Full text of article.