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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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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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5. Homer the Mathematician

A major advance in our study of Homer’s Odyssey as a source of astronomical learning was analysis of the considerable numerical data embedded throughout the epic. This data is directly related not only to the construction of a luni-solar calendar … Continue reading

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6. Homer and a ‘deadly secret message’

AS battle raged between Greeks and Trojans in Homer’s Iliad, two warriors confronted and challenged each other in no-man’s land. Soon, and in a strange turn of events, they established common ground and friendship before shaking hands and going their … Continue reading

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