Tuesday, 19 November 2013

The Lost Kingdom of Homer's Doulichion

          By Hettie Putman Cramer & Makis Metaxas
Meges' Kingdom, Echinae the holy islands, Homeric Doulichion,
"Graecia Antiqua" Johannes Laurenmberg  Collection of Fotis Kremmydas.

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

Odysseus Kingdom and the location of Homer's Ithaca

 Text & Copyright: Hettie Putman Cramer & Makis Metaxas
Homer's Ithaca
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