Odysseus Unbound: The Search for Homer's Ithaca

Odysseus Unbound: The Search for Homer's Ithaca



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ISBN-13: 9780521853576
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/30/2005
Pages: 618
Product dimensions: 7.99(w) x 9.96(h) x 1.81(d)

About the Author

Robert Bittlestone studied economics at the University of Cambridge. He is the founder of Metapraxis Ltd, a company specialising 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 (0521853575). He was University Orator at Cambridge for eleven years, and has published a selection of his speeches in Cambridge Orations 1982-1993 (0521466180).

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

Table of Contents

Prologue; Text, translation and images; Part I. Speculation: 1. Catastrophe; 2. Conundrum; 3. Odyssey; 4. Controversy; 5. Schizocephalonia; 6. Strabo; 7. Geology; 8. Coincidence; 9. Competition; 10. Ambush; 11. Poseidon; Part II. Exploration: 12. Thinia; 13. Phorcys; 14. Eumaios; 15. Asteris; 16. Telemachos; Part III. Assimilation: 17. Analysis; 18. Inquiry; 19. Landscape; 20. Quickbird; 21. Doulichion; 22. Laertes; 23. Network; 24. Pottery; 25. Drama; 26. Exodus; Part IV. Revelation: 27. Rockfall; 28. Earthquake; 29. Uplift; 30. Shoreline; 31. Epiphany; 32. Ithaca; 33. Intuition; 34. Vision; Epilogue; Appendix 1. James Diggle: A philologist reflects; Appendix 2. John Underhill: The geology and geomorphology of Thinia; Appendix 3. Exploratory technology; Appendix 4. A comparison of Homeric theories; Appendix 5. Postscript.

What People are Saying About This

Gregory Nagy

"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, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature, Harvard University and Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC

Tjeerd van Andel

"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, Honorary Professor in Earth History, Quaternary Science and Geo-archaeology, University of Cambridge

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