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Where is the Ithaca described in such detail in Homer's Odyssey? The mystery has baffled scholars for over two millennia, particularly because Homer's descriptions bear little resemblance to the modern island called Ithaki. This highly illustrated book tells the extraordinary story of the exciting recent discovery of the true location of Homer's Ithaca by following a detective trail of literary, geological and archaeological clues. We can now identify all the places on the island that are mentioned in the epic — even the site of Odysseus' Palace itself. The pages of the Odyssey come alive as we follow its events through a landscape that opens up before our eyes via glorious color photographs and 3D satellite images. Over a century after Schliemann's discovery of Troy, this breakthrough will revolutionize our understanding of Homer's texts and of our cultural ancestors in Bronze Age Greece.
  • Offers a compelling solution to one of the oldest problems in classical scholarship using a combination of literary, geological and archaeological clues
  • Tells the story of the author's discovery in lively prose enhanced by numerous stunning colour images
  • Enables the reader to follow the events of the Odyssey through a real landscape brought vividly to life

Review:

"This book is a gem. Its reconstruction of prehistoric Ithaca has a convincingly Homeric 'look and feel' to it. Reading the Odyssey is unlikely ever to be the same again." Professor Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University, and Director of the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC

Review:

"This curious, spellbinding book is a masterpiece of writing for the general public. The geological argument in particular is first-class and leaves me in no doubt about the possibility of the theory being proposed." Professor Tjeerd van Andel, Honorary Professor in Earth History, Quaternary Science and Geo-archaeology, University of Cambridge

Review:

"A fascinating and compelling book." Library Journal

Review:

"Resplendent with hundreds of landscape and satellite images, Bittlestone's freelance investigation is enthralling, accessibly presented, and possibly true — and, like its subject, finds its soul more in the journey than the destination." Booklist

Review:

"The rest of this beautifully produced book, illustrated throughout in color, chronicles Bittlestone's full-scale, ultimately convincing attempt to prove this thesis, with the aid of everything from outer-space photography to linguistic, geological, and seismological analysis." Choice

Review:

"A sumptuous production, this, with thousands of illuminating illustrations, likewise opulent in valuably synthesising charts of historical and scientific data...stupendous work. A non scientific neutral, I find the geological arguments impressive to overwhelming." Fortean Times

Review:

"The reader's reward is truly thrilling detection supported by breathtaking illustration, yielding a revitalized epic whose prime location of Ithaca is made newly recognizable and powerfully evocative." Foreword

Synopsis:

Extraordinary story of the exciting discovery of the true location of Odysseus' homeland of Ithaca.

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About the Author

Robert Bittlestone studied economics at the University of Cambridge. He is the founder of Metapraxis Ltd, a company specializing in the detection of early warnings for multinational companies. He is the author of numerous business articles and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture & Commerce.

James Diggle is Professor of Greek and Latin at Cambridge and a Fellow of Queens' College. His publications include The Textual Tradition of Euripides' Orestes (Oxford University Press, 1991), and Euripidea: Collected Essays (Oxford University Press, 1994), Theophrastus: Characters. He was University Orator at Cambridge for eleven years, and has published a selection of his speeches in Cambridge Orations 1982-1993.

John Underhill is Chair of Stratigraphy at the University of Edinburgh and Associate Professor at the Department for Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University.

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Helena, July 3, 2006 (view all comments by Helena)
This book pulls you in like Tolkien or LeGuin but it's actually an historical mystery, not a fantasy. By the time you're done you know more about ancient geography, Linear B, seismology, today's Greek islands and Odysseus' pigfarm than you ever dreamed. You also really understand those tricky final scenes of The Odyssey. Amazing use and reproduction of all kinds of great graphics, too. The only question left unanswered is, "Was Homer really blind?"
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780521853576
Author:
Robert Bittlestone and James Diggle and John Underhill
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
With:
Diggle, James
With:
Underhill, John
Author:
Diggle, James
Author:
Bittlestone, Robert
Author:
Underhill, John
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
In literature
Subject:
General Language Arts & Disciplines
Subject:
Homer
Subject:
Homer - Knowledge - Ithaca Island (Greece)
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
598
Dimensions:
10.18x8.26x1.62 in. 4.50 lbs.

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Product details 598 pages Cambridge University Press - English 9780521853576 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This book is a gem. Its reconstruction of prehistoric Ithaca has a convincingly Homeric 'look and feel' to it. Reading the Odyssey is unlikely ever to be the same again." Professor Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University, and Director of the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC
"Review" by , "This curious, spellbinding book is a masterpiece of writing for the general public. The geological argument in particular is first-class and leaves me in no doubt about the possibility of the theory being proposed." Professor Tjeerd van Andel, Honorary Professor in Earth History, Quaternary Science and Geo-archaeology, University of Cambridge
"Review" by , "A fascinating and compelling book."
"Review" by , "Resplendent with hundreds of landscape and satellite images, Bittlestone's freelance investigation is enthralling, accessibly presented, and possibly true — and, like its subject, finds its soul more in the journey than the destination."
"Review" by , "The rest of this beautifully produced book, illustrated throughout in color, chronicles Bittlestone's full-scale, ultimately convincing attempt to prove this thesis, with the aid of everything from outer-space photography to linguistic, geological, and seismological analysis."
"Review" by , "A sumptuous production, this, with thousands of illuminating illustrations, likewise opulent in valuably synthesising charts of historical and scientific data...stupendous work. A non scientific neutral, I find the geological arguments impressive to overwhelming."
"Review" by , "The reader's reward is truly thrilling detection supported by breathtaking illustration, yielding a revitalized epic whose prime location of Ithaca is made newly recognizable and powerfully evocative."
"Synopsis" by , Extraordinary story of the exciting discovery of the true location of Odysseus' homeland of Ithaca.
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