“What land, what people is this?” asks Odysseus when awakening on the sandy shore of his own land after been brought home by the Phaeacians. He does not recognize his land. And the goddess Athena, disguised as a young herdsman answers: “A fool art thou, stranger, or art come from far, if indeed thou askest of this land…. full many know it….the name of Ithaka has reached even to the land of Troy….”

How strange that, still, after 25 centuries we Westerners are uncertain about where Ithaka was.

This website is about my explorations for evidence that Homer (Homeros as the old Greeks named him) was right in his descriptions of the landscape in which his epics did play. It is a controversial topic, and already so since the heyday of the classic Greek civilization. I have the idea that I can show now that some of the places Homeros describes indeed can be found. And it seems they will not be found in and near Greece. The Atlantic Stage hypothesis article gives some ideas about the basic thoughts of these explorations, and the Scheria case is a report on the findings on Lanzarote island so far. An article about Ithaka was  published, then Invasions, Ilion and Homeros.

The paper on Invasions, Ilion and Homeros presents a new view on the period in which Homeros lived and Troy was destroyed. A new view because the use of iron came to Iberia several hundred years later than in the Aegean. A Spanish translation of the Ithaca paper is placed because it tells about Andalusia, and  help of the people there is one of my great wishes. The Scheria paper will in future  also be translated in Spanish. And some information given by the Greek historian Thucydides about the Trojan War has now been placed on this website.

This collection of papers is not yet fitted together like a book is, and should be, and this is because many aspects of the work of Homeros still are unclear and even sometimes look contradictory to us. I would like to bring more coherence in my results in coming years, filling important gaps.

Working on this is a pleasant pursuit. With all this I hope to rehabilitate Homeros as a poet that was correct, not only in his descriptions of human psychology and behaviour as he surely was, but also in his tales about the landscape and locations he sang about.

And why am I studying this subject?

My daughter-in-law, more up to date than I am, advised me to show more of myself on this website;  certainly more than a stern passport photograph. So do I.

When a young man of 17, at Grammar School I did read Homeros, with an open-minded teacher preferring present-day language in translations. We enjoyed Homeros and the enchantment stayed lifelong. Since that time, during my study Forestry at the Wageningen University, and during my career as research worker in the American tropical forests, followed by the job of assistant professor in silviculture in the Netherlands, I kept Homeros’ verses as a treasure in my heart. Now I am retired and have the time to let my trained sleuth off the lead. I have none or only few  preconceptions such as derived from traditional opinions about Homeros, and this leads me to unexpected places.

I may be contacted via my mail address :  sybotes01@xs4all.nl

April 2016

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