An Interactive Map of Odysseus’ 10-Year Journey in Homer’s Odyssey

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The Odyssey, one of Homer’s two great epics, narrates Odysseus’ long, strange trip home after the Trojan war. During their ten-year journey, Odysseus and his men had to overcome divine and natural forces, from battering storms and winds to difficult encounters with the Cyclops Polyphemus, the cannibalistic Laestrygones, the witch-goddess Circe and the rest. And they took a most circuitous route, bouncing all over the Mediterranean, moving first down to Crete and Tunisia. Next over to Sicily, then off toward Spain, and back to Greece again.

If you’re looking for an easy way to visualize all of the twists and turns in The Odyssey, then we’d recommend spending some time with the interactive map created by Gisèle Mounzer“Odysseus’ Journey” breaks down Odysseus’ voyage into 14 key scenes and locates them on a modern map designed by Esri, a company that creates GIS mapping software.



Meanwhile, if you’re interested in the whole concept of ancient travel, I’d suggest revisiting one of our previous posts: Play Caesar: Travel Ancient Rome with Stanford’s Interactive Map. It tells you all about ORBIS, a geospatial network model, that lets you simulate journeys in Ancient Roman. You pick the points of origin and destination for a trip, and ORBIS will reconstruct the duration and financial cost of making the ancient journey. Pretty cool stuff.

Copies of Homer’s Odyssey can be found in our of Free Audio Books and Free eBooks collections.

via Paris Review

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  • Jonathan Burgess says:

    Pretty pictures, “interactive,” but no indication of the sources of the localizations or method. A great example of the vapidity of internet technology when used aimlessly. For a theorized and researched approach to the wanderings of Odysseus, see the site “In the Wake of Odysseus” by J. Burgess

  • Shadow says:

    This is a good map I tried screenshoting for my project but it didn’t let me.

  • David Conrad says:

    Works terribly on my tablet, but then, so does this site.

  • Cicero31 says:

    This map contains an important omission:nOdysseusu2019s near return to Ithaca.nn In Bookn10 of The Odyssey Odysseus and his men, carrying the leather sack in which Aeolus had confined the winds and carried by a fair wind from the west,come within sight of Ithaca. “u201cFor nine days we sailed, night and day alike, and now on the tenth our native land came in sight, and lo, we were so near that we saw men tending the beacon fires. (28 ff. Translation A.T. Murray).Then, of course, Odysseus falls asleep and his men open the sack allowing the winds to escape and blow them all the way back to the city of Aeolus. That they had come so close to home in space and end up so far from it not only in space but in time has always struck me as one of the most poignant episodes in the poem. This map includes no indication whatsoever of that part of the journey. (Peter D. Grudin)

  • dario says:

    It should be remarked that this is just one of many possible spatial interpretations of Odysseus’ trip.

  • Zlatko petrović says:

    Ako se oslanjamo na Homerovu Odiseju onda ova teorija ne odgovara. Primer Kiklopova pećina na Siciliji je toloiko mala da taj događaj nije mogao da se odigra.Odisej je plovio Okean Rekom tj . Jadranom čija ostrva i danas imaju stare Grčke nazive. U Grapčevoj pećini na Hvaru pronađen je isti broj ljuskih kostura koliko je Polifem pojeo Odisejevih ljudi. Toponimi vetrovi položaj zvezda i daljine se u potpunosti poklapaju sa Jadranskim morem.

  • Dinos Zoumperis says:

    I think some of these localizations here are really far-fetched.

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