Robert Bittlestone


Robert Bittlestone was educated in classics and science before reading economics at the University of Cambridge.

In 1979 he founded Metapraxis Ltd with the goal of helping large complex businesses improve their management information and board reporting. Today Metapraxis is a leader in strategic planning, financial analysis and data visualisation.

In 2002 Robert returned to his love of the classics and he applied his management, organizational and visualization techniques to solving the age-old mystery of the location of ancient Ithaca.

Following publication of Odysseus Unbound: the Search for Homer’s Ithaca in 2005, Robert had been in the forefront of the search ever since, until his untimely death. The brilliant work that he began is now being continued by his colleagues and associates.

Prof. James Diggle


James Diggle is Emeritus Professor of Greek and Latin at Cambridge University and a Life Fellow of Queens’ College.

His publications include The Cambridge Greek Lexicon (Editor-in-Chief, Cambridge, 2021), The Oxford Classical Text of Euripides (Oxford, 1981-94), Euripidea: Collected Essays (Oxford, 1994) and Theophrastus: Characters (Cambridge, 2004).

He was University Orator at Cambridge for eleven years and has published a selection of his speeches in Cambridge Orations (Cambridge, 1994). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens.

He was awarded his CBE in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to classical scholarship.

Prof. John Underhill


John Underhill is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Transition and Professor in Geoscience and Energy Transition at Aberdeen University. The Centre he leads aims to become a leading catalyst for change in the global climate challenge to deliver a just energy transition as society pivots away from its current dependence on fossil fuels.

His primary research background has been the use of a range of field- and subsurface-based geological and geophysical methods to investigate the structure and stratigraphy of sedimentary basins.

He has been investigating and has published extensively on the geology of the Ionian Islands of western Greece since 1982. John has led the geoscientific tests of the hypothesis since the project’s inception in 2003

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE), a Chartered Geologist (CGeol.) and a Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS). He also refereed professional football matches between 1994-2008 and represented Scotland on the FIFA List of International Referees.

ELIAS TOUMASATOS (Translator of the Greek edition)

Elias Toumasatos has studied Law and Theatre Studies at the University of Athens. He is a PhD candidate of the Ionion University at the Department of History, and a grant holder of the Sp. Antypas Scholarship. He is currently the director of the Corgialeneios Library in Argostoli, Kefalonia.