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Sprint race around Santorini


--- Last Edited by Renegade at 2018-11-21 19:59:41 ---
Course is challenging. Will revert on boat soon.
Find the island of Karavos, find a photo of it. There is one in the Google Earth view, which shows three rocky stumps. You are looking at the Pillars of Hercules, which old Herc 'cast down'. Note that they are on the direct route from Athens to Santorini. Santorini was part of the Atlantis (Crete) political state, and both were destroyed when the volcano at Santorini erupted.
Homer was writing some 400 years later, and just romanticised their political system. The Odyssey just describes the voyage in a 4-5 man fishing boat from Athens area to Santorini, going from island to visible island, which took a long time because Ulysses either got lost or went off exploring rather than going home to the wife and family!

--- Last Edited by Rod at 2018-12-29 14:43:10 ---
If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
Remember those "Sirens"? Homer was just being polite...…

The views expressed here are my own, not to be ascribed to Homer or his later followers. they are derived from my realisation that the Greek boats of that early time could not have been capable of voyaging as far as the Straits of Gibraltar, which would not have been known then as the Pillars of Hercules.
I hope some scholar of Greek mythology will find that 'bump of curiosity' to follow up on this general idea.

--- Last Edited by Rod at 2018-12-29 14:49:37 ---
If it breaks, it's not strong enough--if it doesn't, it's too heavy.
Interesting Rod,
I will check and see if I can find that.

Ooops, wrong broswer again.

David / Renegade

--- Last Edited by sol at 2019-01-05 00:17:18 ---

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