We Followed Odysseus is the engaging story of sailing a small boat along the sea path of Odysseus' famous voyage. Crossing oceans and seas Hal Roth, with the help of his wife Margaret, re-traced the voyages of Odysseus along the Turkish coast and the isles of Greece. Roth sailed to a desert island in Tunisia, visited Sicily and Corsica, and traveled to Italy and Malta before returning to Greece. We Followed Odysseus blends two stories. One the ancient Hellenic account of the legendary voyage of Odysseus as recounted in "The Odyssey". The other is Roth's modern voyage to each of the nineteen legendary locations that Odysseus visited during his ten-year attempt to return to Ithaca after the end of the Trojan War. Of special fascination is Roth's candid discussion of what things may have been like in the days of Odysseus, and what they are like today. We Followed Odysseus is highly recommended reading for all armchair travelers, anyone who has thrilled to Homer's tale of the trials of Odysseus in his decade long struggle to return to his home and family, and an inspiration to set sail ourselves in search of our an adventure of our own!
For centuries, readers of the Odyssey have tried to determine how much - if any - of Homer's epic was based on fact. We Followed Odysseus is Hal Roth's look at the question from the special perspective of a small-craft voyager: After three decades cruising the world's oceans, Roth and his wife, Margaret, are widely recognized for their nautical accomplishments.
To check Homer's veracity, the Roths followed their hero's stated route through the eastern Mediterranean, a point-to-point distance of 2,650 miles.
Along the way, their 35-foot-long sloop called at all the places, mostly islands, where Odysseus and his crew could possibly have stopped. Though the book is lightweight history, it's a cheerful introduction to one of literature's greatest works and a perceptive look at the people and places along the epic hero's way.