Eumaios’ Pig Farm

REARevue des Études Anciennes 110 (2008)

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Is the Ithaca of Homer’s Odyssey based on a real or imaginary island? Although the poet’s description (at 9.19-26) has long appeared enigmatic, recent research on the Paliki peninsula of Kefalonia now points towards a real location. This opens up the tantalising possibility that specific sites in the poem such as Eumaios’ Pigfarm may also have existed in the Late Bronze Age, emphasising the importance of a precise understanding of their local geography.

This article by Robert Bittlestone responds to the question posed by Matthias Steinhart, reviewing Odysseus Unbound: The Search for Homer’s Ithaca in the Revue des Études Anciennes 109 (2007) no. 1, pp 322-324

“If it is 1.5 km to go from Eumaios’ Pigfarm to Odysseus’ Palace, how would it be possible for Odysseus to say that the city – which is nearby the Palace – is far away and for Eumaios – departing after breakfast and coming home in the evening without any longer stay – to need the whole day for his trip?”

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