|"Graecia Antiqua" Johannes Laurenmberg Collection of Fotis Kremmydas.|
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
By Hettie Putman Cramer & Makis Metaxas
It is well known that the epic poem of the ‘Odyssey’ and the special importance of the name Odysseus have triggered the search for the location of Homer’s Ithaca and for the palaces of the ‘anax’ (king) of the Kephallenes. This has always been an important issue at all levels of research.
However, the identification of the position of Homeric Doulichion - the Mycenaean Kingdom at the border of the Kingdom of Odysseus from where as many as forty ships were sent to the Trojan War as well as the largest amount of suitors to claim the throne of Homer's Ithaca - was actually the biggest mystery of the Homeric topography since ancient times.
After reading carefully where and how Homer describes the location and geomorphology of Doulichion, it is very important to realize that from the 5th century B.C. the ancient Greek historians and geographers have
Monday, 11 November 2013
Text & Copyright: Hettie Putman Cramer & Makis Metaxas
|Myceanaean Greece 1250 B.C|
The search for Homer’s Ithaca and the controversy over whether it could be definitely identified with the Ithaki of historical times appears to date back to very early in the historical era. Of the ancient writers, Strabo (C 454) is the one who tells us most about the doubt in the minds of the geographers and historians