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>> The long-lost city of Ithaca, home of the legendary hero Odysseus in the "Iliad" and "Odyssey," is on the island of Cephalonia off the western shore of Greece, three British researchers said Thursday.
The original contours of Ithaca have been distorted over the millenniums by a series of earthquakes that raised land levels, converting it into a peninsula of Cephalonia. The researchers said the topographic changes hid Ithaca's identity from generations of historians and archeologists who traced Odysseus' epic journey around 1200 BC.
The search for the location of Ithaca has been in progress at least since the time of the 1st century Greek historian Strabo, who placed it east of Cephalonia (Kefallinia in Greek), on the modern-day island of Ithaca (Ithiki in Greek). But each tentative assignment of a real location to the story has required bending the geography of "The Odyssey" to fit the location.
Some critics have said that Homer didn't get it right because he lived in Turkey and never visited Ithaca. Others believe the story was simply fictional. <<
That's what they said about Troy, until Schliemann came along!