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)

Homer and the Winter Solstice, 2017

The winter solstice inspires many column inches of popular coverage ranging from the scientific to the magical and the mysterious. The solstice on December 21, 2017, was no exception. There was also on that day, however, an astronomical event that … Continue reading

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Greece and Australia: Astronomy in pre-literate societies

THE pre-literate Greeks of Homer’s times may be thought to have had little in common with the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. Research, however,  has revealed that the Greeks of Homer’s times, c. 750-650 BC,   were not alone among ancient … 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 storyteller, there are intriguing references to him also being skilled … 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. In the Iliad Homer embeded an extensive catalogue of stars and constellations based on the 49 contingents … 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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