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Odysseus Unbound - The search for Homer's Ithaca


"This curious, spellbinding book is a masterpiece of writing for the general public. The geological argument in particular is first-class and leaves me in no doubt about the possibility of the theory being proposed."

Professor Tjeerd van Andel, Honorary Professor in Earth History, Quaternary Science and Geo-archaeology, University of Cambridge

"Bittlestone's argument romps home…triumphant, though many will take issue with his conclusions, which is as it should be. "

The Daily Telegraph

"… an impressive and enthralling case … clear, engaging, funny, wonderfully illustrated - and informed by the work of leading specialists whose contributions are generously acknowledged."

Times Literary Supplement

"This book is a gem. Its reconstruction of prehistoric Ithaca has a convincingly Homeric ‘look and feel’ to it. Reading the Odyssey is unlikely ever to be the same again."

Professor Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature, Harvard University and Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC

"A fascinating and compelling book; recommended for both public and academic libraries"

Library Journal

"Though neither a classicist nor a geologist by training, he makes an impressive and enthralling case...the account of how he reached his conclusions is clear, engaging, funny, wonderfully illustrated – and informed by the work of leading specialists whose contributions are generously acknowledged. "

Times Literary Supplement

"The reader's reward is truly thrilling detection supported by breathtaking illustration, yielding a revitalized epic whose prime location of Ithaca is made newly recognizable and powerfuly evocative."


"…magnificently illustrated …"

Sunday Telegraph

"… the intellectual and investigative process by which Bittlestone undertook this endeavour offers unique insights into board level issues such as risk assessment, leadership and even performance management. This makes Bittlestone's journey into the past … a truly fantastic voyage of discovery."

Financial Director

"… extraordinary book … our continued engagement with this most venerable of texts provides us with an enduring mystery in itself, and one that is perhaps unlikely ever to be solved."

"A sumptuous production, this, with thousands of illuminating illustrations, likewise opulent in valuably synthesising charts of historical and scientific data… stupendous work. A non scientific neutral, I find the geological arguements impressive to overwhelming."

Fortean Times

"Bittlestone … has not been satisfied merely with proving that Paliki was once and island. Most of Odysseus Unbound is taken up with arguing that Homer‘s description of Ithaca maps so precisely onto Paliki‘s landscape that Bittlestone can identify the location of Odysseus‘s palace, his pig-man Eumaios‘s farm, and so on."

BBC History

"… a remarkably produced book, and CUP is to be congratulated … .[Bittlestone] has opened up a fascinating path for others to follow further, and we should be both grateful and full of admiration for what [he] has managed to teach himself and us."

The Anglo-Hellenic Review

"… a heavyweight book…"

Daily Telegraph

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6th October 2005

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