Text & Copyright: Hettie Putman Cramer & Makis Metaxas
|Myceanaean Greece 1250 B.C|
of antiquity when he says:
There can be no doubt that Homer places Ithaca far out in the Ionian Sea, at the furthermost limit of the Mycenaean world. On the evidence to be gleaned from his verses, Homer’s Ithaca was a well and truly sea-girt island: the fact that ships were needed to transport men and animals to and from Epeiros[i] (mainland Greece), the Peloponnese and, especially, Elis,[ii] is confirmation of its position and its insular character.
Finding the right answers to these questions actually gives a partial solution to the so-called Homeric question. High on the list of Homeric questions, if not at the very top, is the matter of pinpointing the location of Homer’s Ithaca and defining the boundaries of Odysseus’ kingdom.
| Map on which the Mycenaean kingdoms of western Greece|
with their leaders are marked, exactly as recorded in Homer’s texts.
Il.Book 2. 591-644 [iv]