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Title: The Odyssey, the Black Sea, and an Endless Voyage to a Utopian Destination
Author(s): MANOLEDAKIS, Manolis
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 14    Date: 2015   
Pages: 301-312
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.14.0.3108198

Abstract :
This paper examines an aspect of the broader issue of the geography of the Odyssey, the primary stimulus being the references of the poem to places that could be associated with the Black Sea, namely the Aeaea and the entrance to the Underworld. As we shall see, while these particular places are indeed relevant to the Black Sea region, they do not belong to the context of a specific journey with specific halts in a specific geographical sequence. The Odyssey is a synthesis of many different episodes, and there is no point in trying to trace a complete geographical course for Odysseus’ voyage.

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