Odysseus: the legendary antique king of Ithaca and the hero of Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. Husband of Penelope, father of Telemachus, and son of Laërtes and Anticlea, and owner of loyal dog Argos who recognized his master after twenty years of absence.
This mythical figure Odysseus is famous for his intellectual brilliance and versatility and cunning intelligence.
Despite his talents, he needed ten years to return home, to his kingdom in Ithaca, from Troy.
Maybe he was clever in escaping dangers but he was just a bad sailor and navigator?
No matter why it took Odysseus and his men a decade to return home, the flame of their desire (nostos) to find Ithaca always remained alive and vivid – despite hardships, dangerous sea monsters, cyclops, witches and temptations.
More than 2,000 years later, Ithaca remains the symbol for homecoming, determination and hope.
And now locals in Ithaca and Paxoi in the Ionian Sea will revive the Odysseus’ journey, at least the last part of it. From Corfu to Paxoi and to Ithaca.
NGO Odyssea Club is organizing the first journey of this kind on October 7 2017.
The journey with sailing boats includes also several activities cultural activities and knowledge games with regards to the famous 10-year long journey.
At every dock station, there will be an “ancient market” where several cultural and sports activities will take place.
Aim of the revival is to transmit the message: There is Ithaca! There is Hope!
The event runs under the auspices of the regional government and the ministry of culture.
Sadly, I could not find more information about the program, neither the website of the Odyssea Club. If anyone could send the program in English., it would be much appreciated.