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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  1. Jonathan Burgess says . . . | February 9, 2014 / 5:54 am

    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

  2. Shadow says . . . | May 21, 2014 / 9:00 am

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

  3. David Conrad says . . . | July 13, 2014 / 4:08 pm

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

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