Homeric Greece

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The location of Ithaca, home island of Odysseus as mentioned in Homer, has long been a matter of debate, since Homer’s description doesn’t match the topography of modern Ithaca.

There’s an interesting Channel 4 video at CNN about team of British scientists including Professor John Underhill of Edinburgh University and Robert Bittlestone of the ‘Odysseus Unbound’ project, who think they’ve found the location of the Homeric Ithaca.

It’s actually a remarkably dull video, which is why I’ve uploaded this amazingly cool map of Homeric Greece from Wikipedia instead of a screencap.

Anyway, the team has used soundwave data to determine that an area that’s now a valley might once have been a channel, and might hide the buried remains of a lost Greek city.

CNN Video:edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2008/09/07/rush.ithaca.mystery.itn


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    sylvanish

    What are the name tags referring to? Place of death? What about the different colors? I need a key

    PenguinBob

    The name tags refer to where the various heroes came from. The crosses just tell whether the hero died in the Iliad.

    Svartmetall

    Is there a Bartic Greece?

    deuce

    I read that as “homoerotic Greece”…