The Ulysses Voyage by Tim Severin


在读 Odyssey 时,预借的 The Ulysses Voyage by Tim Severin 到了,一拿起来就有些放不下。

1985年,Tim Severin 率领一支仿古希腊Bronze Age 帆船 Argo 寻找荷马史诗Odysses 的原迹。他们从Troy 出发,沿希腊大陆,到Crete,再到 Ionian 群岛。

Tim Severin 的船

Tim Severin’s Galley Argo

与传统荷马研究的观点不同,他把着眼点放在希腊大陆与Ionian,而不是西西里岛以至更远的地方。在Ionian,他找到了 the Laestrygonians, Circe’s island and the Sirens, Scylla and Charybdis。另外,他的Cyclopes 在Crete。


Tim Severine 的Odysess

Tim Severin’s Odysess


希腊诗人卡瓦菲斯(Cavafy)的名诗《伊萨卡岛》,是阿花特别喜欢的诗句,Severin 也用其做全书的结尾。


Setting out on the voyage to Ithaca

You must pray that the way to be long,

Full of adventures and experiences.

The Laestrygonians and the Cyclops,

Angry Poseidon – don’t be afraid of them;

If only your thoughts be high, and a select

Emotion touch your spirit and your body.

The Laestrygonians, the Cyclops,

Poseidon raging – you will never meet them,

Unless you carry them with you in your soul,

If your spirit does not raise them up before you.

Severin 正是带着那些monsters, 完成了他那非同寻常的航行,充满奇迹,充满发现。或许Severin此行此书的意义就在于Odyssey 带回了希腊



And it is true for Severin, again as Cavafy says:

Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage. Without her you would have never set out on the road.

不过,对于真的 Odysses 来说,Ithaca 之旅充满痛苦充满艰辛。



回来接着读Odyssey, 亲切好多。



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