Researchers hit a homer with ‘The Odyssey’

Using astronomical clues, they date one of literature’s most heralded events: Odysseus’ slaughter of his wife’s suitors. But the finding leaves many questions unanswered.

By Thomas H. Maugh II
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

June 24 2008

Delving into a 3,000-year-old mystery using astronomical clues in Homer’s “The Odyssey,” researchers said Monday they have dated one of the most heralded events of Western literature: Odysseus’ slaughter of his wife’s suitors upon his return from the Trojan War.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-sci-odyssey24-2008jun24,0,5699547.story

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1 Response to Researchers hit a homer with ‘The Odyssey’

  1. June 25, 2008 at 10:33 AM says:

    <p>Thanks very much Hedy! I am sharing the findings with my students (yes, I am teaching Summer School)! The astronomical details in Ancient literature are much more interesting to me now.<br>Andre</p>

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