Achilles’ Shield Decoded (summary)
The key to Homer’s Odyssey and the Trojan War
There was a highly developed Atlantic culture older than the Egyptian pyramids
The circular Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean determined Odysseus’ route
Cause of the Trojan War was not the abduction of Helen, but a power struggle over tin
The 4 constellations on the shield of Achilles determined navigation on the ocean
Ithaca is the name for Tartessos, the present-day Huelva in southern Spain
Odysseus was in the Caribbean (island king of the winds) and America (Hades)
Troy is the name for the Grey Rock in the forest and Iktin, now St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall
The sailing instruction Calypso gave Odysseus could be followed on the Atlantic Ocean, but not on the Mediterranean Sea: there the ship would end up in the desert
In searching for other perspectives to interpret the Iliad and the Odyssey, I am taking my own approach. As a reader, but also as a traveller and sailor. With curiosity as the driving force, and uncertainty about the stories and the mysterious metaphors. Using current knowledge and technology. Letting go of fixed dogmas to create room for other ideas and theories. My focus lies on the Atlantic world. In the Greek world, no trace of Homer’s stories has been found.
The new shield of Achilles: no art, but source of information
A shift in the Atlantic world ‘back then’
Fig. 1: The two centres of power in the Atlantic world: southern Spain and Cornwall
Fig. 2: The bay with Ithaca on the peninsula, where present-day Huelva is located.
Fig. 3: Sea view of the high-lying castle of Troy, the present-day St Michael’s Mount
Oceanus of ‘then’ is the North Atlantic of ‘now’
Fig. 4: Odysseus’s route across the Atlantic Ocean.
Fig. 5: The western horizon with Procyon vertically above Betelgeuse in 1400 BC, the route from Boa Vista to Guadeloupe.
Fig. 6: The eastern horizon with the vertical of Saiph (Orion) and Aldebaran (Hyades) between Norfolk, Azores (Ogygia) and Huelva (Ithaca). To the right the south east route between Azores and Lanzarote (Scheria) with the vertical of Alnilam (Orion) and the Pleiades.