Homer's Landscapes

Adam Nicolson travels along the eastern Mediterranean, from the Ionian Sea to the western coast of Turkey to trace the origins of the poems at the root of modern European thought.

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01The Poet And His World2008033020090728

Visiting the island of Chios, where Homer might have come from, and then travelling on to Troy and Ithaca and sailing the Aegean, Adam reads The Iliad and The Odyssey, to explore their landscapes and world from which these important epic poems emerged.

Focusing on the locations from where Homer's Iliad and Odyssey were said to have come.

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02The Iliad2008040620090730

Adam travels to Homer's Troy, walking the plains and visiting the ruins of its citadel, finding that although Homer is thought to have been blind, it is possible to directly map Homer's great poem of war onto the coastline of the Aegean, the beach of the Greek camp, the Scamander River and the hewn stone walls of Troy.

Adam Nicolson travels along the eastern Mediterranean, from the Ionian Sea to the western coast of Turkey to trace the origins of the poems at the root of modern European thought.

Focusing on the locations of the Trojan War featured in Homer's Iliad.

03 LASTThe Odyssey *2008041320090731

Adam Nicolson travels along the eastern Mediterranean, from the Ionian Sea to the western coast of Turkey to trace the origins of the poems at the root of modern European thought.

Adam concludes his exploration of the enduring grip of Homer's epic poems, beginning on a wooden sailing boat as he follows Odysseus on his long and adventure-strewn journey home from Troy.

Adam Nicolson visits the locations of Odysseus's journey home in Homer's Odyssey.