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Odysseus's Ithaca : The Discovery
 


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Stone artifact located near the mountain path leading from Fiscardo towards the village of Pshilithrias on Eresos. The locals call it "loutra", meaning baths.
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The artificially-raised spring made of stone, "loutra", "throne of the Queen of Fiscardo". The bomos, where sacrifices - goat and sheep thighs - were offered to the Naiads, is clearly visible. Today the spring is dry. Water once flowed from the stone above it into the spring carved in stone. Homer describes this spring as running clear, saying it is located near the city, i.e. Ithaca, built by Ithacus, Neritus and Polyctor. According to Akousilaus they were sons of Pterelaos, basileus of Cephallonia. Three stone steps lead to the spring from the mountain valley. The spring carved in stone is the first material evidence confirming the existence of one of Ithacan places that has been preserved from Homer's time until the present.
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