Centuries of argument have focused on where the mythical isle of Ithaca is. The obvious contender has always been Ithaki. It’s residents are understandably proud of this heritage. But now a new book is set to challenge their claim to be the ancestors of the man who dreamt up that little wooden horse…
An improbable coalition of an economist turned management consultant, and two British professors of classics and geology, yesterday announced they had cracked the true location of Homer’s Ithaca, one of the riddles of the ancient world. They claim that it was not the Greek island of Ithaki, as the islanders have proudly boasted for centuries, but a peninsula of Kefalonia.
And an interesting theory it is. Based on detailed geological study and a literal reading of Homer’s original text, the new research makes a persuasive case.
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