Author Archives: Florence and Kenneth Wood

About Florence and Kenneth Wood

Authors of Homer's Secret Iliad (John Murray, 1999) and Homer's Secret Odyssey (The History Press, 2011)

Star Maps – Australia’s Aboriginals & Ancient Greeks

THE pre-literate Greeks of Homer’s times and long before may be thought to have had little in common with the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. They did, however, have the mutual problem of travelling over long-distances during times when neither the … Continue reading

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Oral tradition Down Under

Calendar systems in other pre-literate cultures The pre-literate Greeks of Homer’s times and before were not alone in preserving knowledge of astronomy in their oral traditions and study of such learning in pre-literate societies throughout the world is an increasingly … Continue reading

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The following postings give summaries of the astronomical content of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey  Please scroll down to each section 1. Astronomy & Calendars        2. The Odyssey &  the  Iliad       3. Through the Ages 4. Odysseus … Continue reading

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                                                       Homer, Astronomy & a luni-solar calendar by Florence and Kenneth Wood IN the centuries after the death of Homer, the ancient world’s renowned poet and story-teller, there have been intriguing but unresolved references to him … Continue reading

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2. The Odyssey and the Iliad

JUST as the literary content of the Odyssey and the Iliad is very different, so is the astronomical learning preserved in each epic. There are two key elements in exploring the Odyssey as a source of calendrical and astronomical knowledge: A challenging new … Continue reading

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3. Homer the Astronomer through the ages

Heraclius by Johannes Moreelse In the centuries after Homer there were intriguing references to his being not only a literary genius but also an astronomer. Nevertheless there is little if anything in the historical record to say how much or … Continue reading

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4. Odysseus and the moon

THERE  is a compelling and consistent case to be made from narrative in the Odyssey that the rhythms of Odysseus’s adventures after the sacking of Troy reflect the progression of lunar months in Homer’s construction of an annual luni-solar calendar … Continue reading

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