Written by Prof. Mullen on April 24th, 2006
Page numbers from The Baltic Origins of Homer’s Epic Tales are in parenthesis after each place name, which is given first as its present-day Scandinavian name and is then coordinated with Vinci’s candidate ancient Greek name (or “homotope”) by an “equals” sign, e.g. Taby = Thebes (157)JUNE
5 Arrival at Stockholm.
6-10 Day tripa to Kivik (175, site of Bronze Age graffiti, including the one on the left side of our homepage top), to Karlskrona = Athens (212-215), and to Taby = Thebes (157).11 Stockholm to Norrtaljë = Aulis and thence east to Graddo (155-6).
12 Graddo to Lemland = Lemnos (159), in the Äland Islands (capital city Mariehamm/Maarianhamina; note that because these islands have long been disputed between Sweden and Finland, maps give names for each place there in both Swedish and Finnish).
13 Side trip north to Orrdalsklint = “highest peak of Samothrace” (162); Vinci describes the wonderful view from the top, accessible by iron stairs—a must-see for us and our cameras, since it is the view from which Poseidon (Iliad 13.11-13) would have surveyed the retreat of his beloved Achaeans back from the wall of Troy to their own ships. Next to it is Fornorgen (162), a Bronze Age fortified site made of large stones still standing.
13 Possible additional side trip to Salis = Samothrace (161), site of Kabiric (metallurgical) cult.14 Delet/Teili archipelago = Delos, sacred island where Apollo was born and from thence then made his way north to the land of the Hyperboreans (“those who live beyond the north wind”) on a chariot driven by white swans (165).
15-17 From the Delet archipelago to whatever port we find most convenient for our journey inland to the area of Troy. Side trips to other places mentioned by Vinci as the homeland of Trojan allies are possible (165-6).
18 Aijala = Aigialos (110-111), site of the coast in the early second millennium BCE; rising of land throughout Baltic since then has put it several miles inland now.
19-22 Toija = Troy, and surrounding topography (110-121).
23-4 Toija to Helsinki, for archaeological finds from Toija now in National Museum of Helsinki (120).
25 Helsinki to Hiumma = Chios ( 167), off the western coast of Estonia.
26 Hiumma to Saaremaa = Cyprus (167).
27-8 Saaremaa to Farö = Pharos (255-6) on northeast tip of Gottland, largest island in the Baltic.
29-30 Farö to Stockholm, our greatest stretch of open water.
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot, fifth and final section of Little Gidding, which is the fourth and
last of Eliot’s greatest poem, The Four Quartets.
2 or 3 Prof. Mullen flies to St. Petersburg to rendezvous with Felice Vinci and meet Director and Curator of Classical Antiquites of The State Hermitage Museum. Meetings also being arranged by Prof. Mullen with faculty at Smolny College (part of the State University of St. Petersburg) who have read the Russian translation of “Homero nel Baltico” and have expressed in his work. In the following week Vinci and Mullen will travel to Riga, Latvia, to meet professors at the University there interested in Vinci’s work.
9-18 Prof. Mullen flies to Oslo and makes his way to Bergen, sails from Bergen in Northwest Norway past Nordkapp (= North Cape, the northernmost point in Europe) to Kirkenes deep in the arctic circle, passing Vinci’s candidate sites on the western and northern coast of Norway for Odysseus’s wanderings:
Tosenfjorden = home of Thoosa near island of Cyclops (53).
Lamoy = Lamus, near Lestrygonians (59).
Within the Arctic Circle lie
Lofoften Islands, where
Moskenstraumen = “Maelstrom” = Scylla and Charybdis (62-3);
Mosken = Thrinacia (64-5); and
Haja = Aeaea (67-8), island of Circe (59-62, 67-68), “where the paths of day and
night are near” (Odyssey 10.86) and “where early-rising Dawn/has her
home and her dances” (Odyssey 12.3-4)
The cruise ends at Kirkenes, in the region of Hades (68-75).
18-21 Prof. Mullen takes three-day round trip out of Kirkenes through Lapland and Lake Inari (region of Ethiopia and of Biblical sites in the appendix “The Bible and the Northern Bronze Age” in the English translation of Vinci, The Baltic Origins of Homer’s Epics Tales (331-338).
21-27 Prof. Mullen flies from Kirkenes to Oslo and spends several days based there, with further possible day trips.