By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 16, 2021) – In Issue 2021-73 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about Homer – the Poet

A Classic

Today marks the return to home of Odysseus, King of Ithaca, in 1178 BC.

He is of course the hero of Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey and is a key figure in Homer’s other masterpiece, the Iliad, which is about the Trojan Wars.

In the Odyssey, our hero sails through much of the central and eastern Mediterranean Sea only to find a series of challenges, trials, hardships, and creatures who are mostly on the naughty side.  His encounters include those with the Cyclopes, Circe, Sirens, Scylla, and Calypso. 

Homer’s poems are among the oldest pieces of western literature and were highly influential of literature that followed for millennia. 

Here is a map of the central and eastern Mediterranean Sea plus Black Sea region from 1812 by Cadell and Davies.

Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea – 1812 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.