Friday, October 07, 2005

More on the Finding of Ancient Ithaca

I think this story is just so neat. Ancient Ithaca, home to Odysseus and Penelope, has, it seems, been located at last. Good news, since people have been searching for it since Strabo in the first century CE.

As it turns out, a series of earthquakes altered the landscape considerably, so what was once an island turned into a peninsula. Yet, much like Schliemann who discovered the site of Troy, scholars Robert Bittlestone and James Diggle and geologist John Underhill, used the descriptions from the text of the Odysseus to locate sites that were inland, and so their geography had not changed.

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