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February 18, 2017

Homer's Iliad — Map of Where the Characters Come From


From Kottke:


This is a Wikimedia map showing where all of the characters originated in Homer's epic poem "The Iliad."

I know Greece is small by today's standards, but it was surprising to me how geographically widespread the hometowns of the characters were.

"The Iliad" is set sometime in the 11th or 12th century BCE, about 400 years before Homer lived.

I wonder if that level of mobility was accurate for the time or if Homer simply populated his poem with folks from all over Greece as a way of making listeners from many areas feel connected to the story.

Update: I've gotten lots of feedback saying that not every character is represented in this map (particularly women) and that some of the locations and hometowns are incorrect.

Wikimedia might need to take a second look at it.

February 18, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Smartphone Projector

Long story short: this projector lets you trace any smartphone photo.

[via The Verge]

$75 (smartphone not included).

February 18, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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