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Testing Classical Enigmas

As geoscience edges closer to answering the riddle of “Strabo’s Channel” it may also solve one of the greatest mysteries in western literature, writes John Underhill*. Geoscientist 18.9 September 2008 Editor's note: The web version of this feature does not contain all the figures present in the print version.  This is for a combination of space and technical reason...

Coring for Ithaca

Adler deWind reports from the Greek island of Kefalonia on progress towards proving - or disproving - the theory that the Paliki Peninsula was once separated from the main island and was the true geographical location of Homer’s Ithaca. Geoscientist 20.12 December 2010/January 2011 Despite a clear reference in Homer to “rocky Ithaca” being the westernmost, low-lying Ionian ...

Ithaca theory gains support

Geoscientist 17.2 February 2007 Results of an offshore seismic survey and the first borehole to test the hypothesis that the Paliki peninsula of the Greek island of Kefallinia was once Homer's Ithaca lend weight to the theory. Ted Nield reports The theory that the home of Odysseus, which has never been satisfactorily identified, was in fact a part of the modern island of Kefallinia that was once...

Etude sur le nord-Etbai etc., by Ernest Ayscoghe Floyer (1893)

Étude sur le nord-Etbai entre le Nil et la mer Rouge by Ernest Ayscoghe Floyer (1893) Often a rare book holds more treasures than the words printed on its pages or the design on its spine. Over the summer months the Librarian was dealing with an enquiry concerning Ernest Floyer’s 1893 study of Etbai in Egypt when she found a letter stuck into its pages. Dated October 12, 1892, with...

Fair wind for Odysseus

Geoscientist 17.4 April 2007 Industry and government are joining forces with academe in an attempt to settle the question of Odysseus's true homeland. Ted Nield writes: Global geoscientific and geotechnical engineers FUGRO are to team up with the Odysseus Unbound project and the Greek geological institute IGME to solve the age-old mystery over the true geographical location of Odysseus...

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