Odysseus Unbound - The Search for Homer’s Ithaca

Video Reports

This page provides access to video and television reports that have been conducted with the authors since 2005. In most cases these interviews are also available on the News or Press pages. This material is copyright protected: film producers can apply for appropriate media rights via the Contact page.

Some of the videos are hosted on our YouTube channel.

March 10 2012

Odysseus Lies Here?

The New York Times Sunday Review March 10, 2012

The Op-Ed columnist Nicholas D. Kristof sets sail for the Greek island of Cephalonia, in search of ancient Ithaca and traces of Homer’s hero, Odysseus.

“A British businessman, Robert Bittlestone, working in his spare time, thinks he has solved this mystery — and his solution is so ingenious, and fits the geography so well, that it has been embraced by many of the world’s top experts.”

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Mar 11 2010

Fugro Sponsorship Video

For five years from 2007 to 2012, FUGRO (www.fugro.com) generously sponsored a ground-breaking series of geo-science studies to define the parameters and advance the investigation of the hypothesis that Ithaca, the homeland of Odysseus, could be found on the island of Kefalonia in the western part of Greece. HPM Video Productions prepared a short video documentary about the Odysseus Unbound investigation undertaken by Fugro.

FUGRO is a world leader in the offshore, onshore and airborne collection and interpretation of data about the earth’s surface and the soil and rocks beneath. The company provides advice primarily to the oil and gas, mining and construction industries. Headquartered in the Netherlands outside The Hague, FUGRO employs about 10,000 staff in over 50 countries.

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Sep 14 2009

Clash of the Gods - Odysseus

Interview with Robert Bittlestone, KPI TV

The KPI TV production ‘Clash of the Gods’ was broadcast on the US History Channel on September 14 (Episode 6 - Odysseus: Curse of the Sea) and September 21 (Episode 7 - Odysseus: Warrior’s Revenge). It includes short excerpts from a recorded interview with Robert Bittlestone.

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Sep 6 2008

Finding Ithaca

Channel 4 News Saturday 6 September 18:55 broadcast

"One of the greatest mysteries of classical literature, the location of Ithaca, the homeland of Odysseus, the hero of Homer’s Odyssey, may be a step closer to being solved. A controversial theory supported by a British businessman that it was part of the Greek island of Kefalonia has now been given a major boost."

Watch the Channel 4 TV news broadcast (6min YouTube)

Research Update and Geoscientist article

May 27 2008

Where was Homer’s Ithaca?

TV documentary on the award-winning ‘New Files’ (Neoi Fakeloi) programme of Greece's SKAI TV.

The programme on SKAI TV included interviews with Robert Bittlestone, James Diggle and John Underhill, as well as with the Mayor of Lixouri, Nopi Alexandropoulou, and the proponents of alternative theories.

Watch the SKAI TV news broadcast (6min 23Mb MP4)

Mar 14 2008

Benaki Museum, Athens

Presentation to commemorate publication of Greek edition of Odysseus Unbound: The Search for Homer’s Ithaca.

An audience of over 150 delegates attended the March 14 2008 presentation at the Benaki Museum, which was filmed by Greece's SKAI TV and broadcast the next day.

Watch the SKAI TV news broadcast (1min 30sec 3.5Mb MP4)

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Jan 09 2007

In search of Odysseus's Ithaca

By Julian Rush, Channel 4 News

“It's one of the founding stories of Western civilisation - the epic journey home to Ithaca by Odysseus following his victory in the Trojan War. It's long been argued whether Homer’s tale is pure myth. Now British businessman Robert Bittlestone has set out to prove that the Greek hero's homeland does exist. But his controversial hunch about Ithaca's actual location would only make sense by showing the region had been transformed, possibly by a massive earthquake. So in October, he set out to prove his theory by drilling a borehole on the Greek island of Kefalonia - with Channel Four News having exclusive access to the project. Our Science Correspondent Julian Rush reports on how the evidence found there may fundamentally change our view of the Ancient World.”

Click here to watch the Channel 4 News film (9min 13sec YouTube)

Mar 20 2006

History Channel broadcasts first film footage from Paliki

The History Channel’s Digging for the Truth field archaeology program broadcast a documentary about Homer’s Troy and Ithaca in the USA on March 20 and 21. The film is called ‘Troy: Of Gods and Warriors’ and it includes the first footage of some of the sites identified in Odysseus Unbound on the island of Kefalonia. The legendary Josh Bernstein is the intrepid interviewer and the series is produced by an Emmy-award winning team from JWM Productions. With the kind permission of The History Channel and JWM Productions, an extract of the Ithaca material is posted on this website.

Click here to watch the History Channel extract about Ithaca (5min 30sec 42Mb MP4)

Sep 29 2005

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.”

Click here to watch the Channel 4 News film (3min 40sec YouTube)