A Quest for the Homeland of Odysseus
By Cees A. Goekoop
Now available on : http://www.eburon.nl/where_on_earth_is_Ithaca
A compelling detective story merging Homeric myths (or are they not all myths?) with real locations.
The reader is challenged to participate in the debate by visiting the areas mentioned in the book
and deciding for himself.
Prof. Ian Munro, Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, England
Thoroughly recommended as a lucid, concise guide through the tangled thickets of scholarly literature
which have cloaked the location of Ithaca. This book brings the reader to a fresh
and intriguing viewpoint overlooking Homer’s landscape.
Tim Severin, explorer and traveller, author of The Ulysses Voyage, Ireland
In this exciting book C. Goekoop takes the reader in a fascinating journey
through the world of the Odyssey and tries to unlock the mystery: which of the Ionian islands is Ithaca?
Prof. Nanno Marinatos, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
There are many good reasons why this book should reach a wider audience.
Mr Goekoop demonstrates the importance of analysing the local geography
from the large number of clues provided in the Odyssey.
His methodology and research have been outstanding.
Robert Bittlestone, author of Odysseus Unbound, England
You find in this book a very clear, detailed history of what is called “The question of Ithaca”
with its main actors, Strabo, Gell, Völcker, Leake, Partsch, Schliemann, Dörpfeld, Pavlatos,
Volterras and A.E.H Goekoop.
Giles Le Noan, author of The Sunset Ithaca, France
It’s always difficult to overturn accepted wisdom. This is a well researched ‘wheredunit’
that casts genuine doubt on where scholars have presumed Homer’s Ithaca to be,
and proposes a genuine alternative.
Tony Buckley, Head of Communications, Daresbury Laboratory, England
The book challenges the long-held notion that Homer’s Ithaca is modern-day Thiaki.
It is engaging and informative, and should appeal to a wide range of readers,
including those with little prior knowledge of Homer’s epics.
Dr Jo Davy, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Through a close, thorough and sensitive reading of Homer’s poems, Goekoop has added
important new linguistic arguments to the centuries-old debate about the location of Odysseus’ Ithaca.
This book is essential reading for anyone who has ever read the Odyssey and asked the question,
“but where on Earth is Ithaca?”
David Anderson, Classics student, University of Manchester, England