“The Nordic origins of the Homeric Poems”

A Panel on “The Nordic origins of the Homeric Poems”
as part of the 10th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies
10-13 April 2017, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes A Panel on “The Nordic origins of the Homeric Poems”, 10-13 April 2017, Athens, Greece as part of the 10th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies.

The real setting of the Iliad and Odyssey can be identified not as the Mediterranean Sea, where it proves to be undermined by many incongruities, but rather in the north of Europe. The sagas that originated the two poems came from the Baltic regions, where the Bronze Age flourished in the 2nd millennium B.C. and where many Homeric places, such as Troy and Ithaca, can still be identified today. The blond seafarers who founded the Mycenaean civilization in the Aegean in the 16th century B.C. brought these tales from Scandinavia to Greece after the end of the climatic optimum. These peoples, that likely were the Homeric Iaones coming from Sweden, then rebuilt their original world – where the Trojan War and many other mythological events had taken place – farther south in Mediterranean waters, transferring significant names from north to south. Through many generations, they preserved the memory of the heroic age and the feats performed by their ancestors in a lost Hyperborean homeland, until the oral tradition was put into written form around the 8th Century BC, when alphabetical writing was introduced in Greece. This new prospect can open new developments as to the European prehistory and the dawn of the Greek civilization.

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of social events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here.

Fee structure information is available on http://www.atiner.gr/fees.

Please submit a 300-word abstract before 28 February 2017, by email, to atiner@atiner.gr, Dr. Felice Vinci, Academic Member, ATINER & Independent Researcher, Writer, Italy.

Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission.

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