It is the wine that leads me on, the wild wine that sets the wisest man to sing at the top of his lungs,laugh like a fool – it drives the man to dancing… it even tempts him to blurt out stories better never told…Homer


Travelling heroes : in the epic age of Homer New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009      Robin Lane Fox Civilization, Homeric Hardcover. “Originally published in slightly different form in Great Britain as ’Travelling heroes: Greeks and their myths in the epic age of Homer’”  verso. 1st United States ed. xx, 465 p., [12] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes biblio graphical references (p. [417]-454) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.  VG/VG  

Presented as a kind of historical detective story, Travelling heroes draws upon archaeology, ancient texts, and new discoveries to develop a fresh and provocative thesis: that migrants from the Greek island of Euboea settled in specific places both in the Near East and in Italy and that what they found there helped shape their most distinctive myths.

The myths of the ancient Greeks have inspired us for thousands of years. Where did the famous stories of the battles of their gods develop and spread across the world? The celebrated classicist Robin Lane Fox draws on a lifetime’s knowledge of the ancient world, and on his own travels, answering this question by pursuing it through the age of Homer. His acclaimed history explores how the intrepid seafarers of eighth-century Greece sailed around the Mediterranean, encountering strange new sights — volcanic mountains, vaporous springs, huge prehistoric bones — and weaving them into the myths of gods, monsters and heroes that would become the cornerstone of Western literature.

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