Internet Links (often ephemeral)
- “The Odyssey between Greece and the Latin West” will take place in the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana on 14 and 15 November 2014. As the description well points out, the Odyssey essentially created Rome in geographical and mythological terms, though its promulgation in the Medieval period occurred through Latin, not Greek.
- STEFANO DE LUIGI’S IDYSSEY: retracing the Mediterranean voyage of Homer’s Odysseus with an iPhone to document his travels.
- Getting lost in the Odyssey by Matt Gross, NYTimes, 8/2011
- Daniel Mendelsohn retraces the journey of Odysseus with his dad on a cruise ship (4/12).
- “Odysseus Lies Here?” Nicholas Kristof entertains the Bittlestone theory of Cephalonia as Ithaca, NYTimes, 3/2012
- “Sailing Vacations in the Wake of Odysseus”
- “Smooth Sailing in the Wake of Odysseus”, travel account, 5/2005
- “In the Wake of Odysseus” cruise, U Chicago alumni cruise, 5-6/2012
- “In the Wake of Aeneas and Odysseus”, photographic record of cruise in 2007
- “To Sicily and Cyclops” blog (2008), including trip to (Butler’s?) grotto di Poliphemo near Pizzolungo
- scroll through the slideshow by Scott Huler to see his cave of the Cyclops (Butler’s grotto di Poliphemo?) and much more
- “Polyphemus’ cave” Tourist destination in Sougia, south coast of Crete (!)
- Youtube video of hike to Sougia “Cave of Polyphemus”
- “Cave of Cyclops” in Makri, Greece. In the Thracian area where Odysseus and crew attacked the Cicionians — an episode completely distinct from the Cyclops episode, though the latter features the use of the Thracian wine of Maron. There is archaeological evidence of Neolithic human presence. “In front of the entrance, there are large natural boulders which folk imagination has connected with the rocks that Cyclop [sic] Polyphemus threw to the ship of Odysseus.” The website is designed for some sort of “geocaching” treasure hunting game. Apparently the same as the “Maronia Cave,” aka “Cave of Polyphemus”. A more scientific approach can be found here
- “Rockin’ And Rollin’ On Sicily’s Cyclops’ Coast”, a blog on the Acitrezza Faraglioni rocks
- “Who were the Cyclopes?” Neolithic cavemen on the Adriatic coast, that’s who [actually a sound ethnographic/archaeological paper, even if the localization is idiosyncratic]
- Argument for longitude/latitude readings of the journey of Odysseus at a website “devoted to the memory of Livio Catullo Stecchini” with various academic papers
- blog from 2010 on “Cave of Calypso”, Malta
- “Sirens of Capri Saved Two from Death”! They wed! 1925 newspaper article
- Mark Twain in a letter composed while on a trip to Europe that resulted in Innocents Abroad refers to “Pozzuoli, where St Paul landed, the Baths of Nero, & the ruins of Baia, & Virgil’s tomb, the Elysian Fields, the Sunken Cities & the spot where Ulysses landed”. The reference may be to localization in this area of the underworld (as in the Aeneas myth); cf. the late legend thatBaiae is named after Baius, companion of Odysseus (as Cape Misenum after a Misenus)
Maps of the Journey
- “Odysseus’ Journey. A map of the locations in Homer’s Odyssey” As I posted at the site: “Pretty pictures, “interactive,” but no indication of the sources of the localizations or method. A great example of the vapidity of internet technology when used aimlessly. For a theorized and researched approach to the wanderings of Odysseus, see the site “In the Wake of Odysseus” by J. Burgess”
- Scott Huler’s map of his odyssey
- In this article Armin Wolf usefully surveys maps of the journey of Odysseus, with discussion of issues pertaining to localization and a summary of his own theories.
- Youtube video on Henriette Mertz’s trans-Atlantic Argo and Odysseus theories
- “Homer’s Canadian Odyssey” Localization in the Bay of Fundy, article in Toronto Star, 5/2010
- informative blog on North Atlantic localization theories, including F. Vinci’s The Baltic Origins of Homer’s Epic Tales, now translated into English (2006) — which we can’t say we recommend