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Odysseus's Ithaca : The Discovery
 


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Daskalio (Homer's Asteris) in the Straits of Ithaca; the exact name of the islet is "island of Venus". As the very name of the island and ruins of religious structures on it confirm, the islet was a cult location of the goddess Aster from Homer's time, and later of Aphrodite or the Roman goddess Venus, who, it was believed, protected sailors. Today the local church of St. Nicholas is located on the islet who, it is also believed, protects sailors. The present-day island of Thiaki (Homer's Same) is visible in the background. In the far right is one of the numerous capes on the eastern shore of Eresos - the northern peninsula of the island of Cephallonia.
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Artifacts on Daskalio (Homer's Asteris) - fragments of stone from the ruins of an ancient structure. Remains of a square tower dominate the picture (right), and the roof of the church of St. Nicholas is visible in the background.
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Straits of Ithaca (Homer's straits between Ithaca and the island of Same); the rocky islet of Daskalio (Homer's Asteris) is clearly visible in the straits. Behind it are the bare slopes of the present-day island of Ithaca (Homer's Same). To the right in the foreground is the entrance to the bay of Dolicha and the red roofs of a house in Tselentata, and to the left of the centre of the picture is the entrance to the Bay of Sto Chalasmeno Karavi (Homer's port). This was the first port of Ithaca on the territory of ancient Ithaca. According to Homer's concept, Telemachus, the son of Odysseus, sails into this port upon his return from Pylos after avoiding the ambush of the suitors in the straits between Ithaca and the island of Same.
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