In October 1945 at the age of 19, John Freely passed the southernmost tip of Crete on his way home from the war in China, just as Odysseus did on his homeward voyage from the battle of Troy. He has been bewitched by Homer and the lands of Homer's epics ever since. As the culmination of a life spent exploring both these lands and the stories by, and connected to, Homer, Freely has created a captivating traveller's guide to Homer's lost world and to his epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, investigating where such places as the Land of the Lotus Eaters are and what it was about the landscapes of Greece and Turkey that so inspired Homer - the greatest classical epic poet. With unparalleled knowledge and passion, John Freely guides the traveller through all of those places linked to Homer that can be identified and brings Homer and his world vividly to life, revealing how the Homeric epics continue to echo through the ages in literature, art, legend and folklore.
John Freely (1926-2017) was one of the most widely respected writers of travel books, histories and guides about Greece and Turkey. He is the author of The Grand Turk, Storm on Horseback, Children of Achilles, The Cyclades, The Ionian Islands, The Western Shores of Turkey, Strolling through Athens, Strolling through Venice and the bestselling Strolling through Istanbul (all I.B.Tauris). He lives in Istanbul.
List of Illustrations Note from the Author 1. The Homeric World 2. The Catalogues of Ships and Trojans 3. The Anger of Achilles 4. Mixed Multitudes and the Great Migration 5. Troy After the Fall 6. The Rediscovery of Ancient Greece 7. Troy and the Troad 8. The Heroes Return 9. Leaving Calypso's Isle 10. Across the Wine-dark Aegean 11. A World of Wonders 12. The Witch's Palace 13. Dialogue with Death 14. Siren Land 15. Return to Ithaca 16. Revenge and Reunion 17. The Odyssey Continues Source Notes Bibliography Index