The 24th of June, St. John's day, was the day that the unmarried girls would find out their matrimonial future.
The manufactured type games we have today were unknown at that time. The games played either indoors or outdoors were invented or discovered periodically by the children in order to fulfill their natural need for playing.
The poet does not write about life after death although this seems to be against the Christian religion.
Centuries ago medical science was at a much lower level, medicine and doctors were entirely absent from the island.
Unfortunately only a few Ithacan folk songs have survived to present day.
Some four line rhymes of unknown authors are still in use today in Ithaca. They are about love, marriage, emigration and daily activities.
The small rocky island of Ithaca has become known worldwide through Homer’s epic poems “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey”. Many people may not know its exact location, but they know Ithaca as the island of Odysseus since Ithaca and Odysseus are conceptualized together.
There is no indication from the very little ancient written information which has survived, that Ithaca is not the Homeric one. The ancient philosophers and writers Porphyry, Thucidides, Plutarch, Apollodoros, Cicero and Acousilaos, all refer to the island as Ithaca centuries after Homer’s time. The philosopher Aristotle writes about “The State of the Ithacans”, indicating that the island was autonomous, this was confirmed when coins of “The State of Ithaca” and “Odysseus” were found from recent excavations on the island. During the Roman era, the Greek geographer Strabo was the first to discover that several ancient writers disputed as to the geographical position of Ithaca, unfortunately none of these documents are known to exist today.
In recent centuries many archaeologists and researchers came to Ithaca to investigate if it was the Homeric island.
The carnival was a special celebration for everyone.
The Ithacan sayings are a good example of the local dialect, sense of humor, and quite often are self-sarcastic.
Iris, the beauty of the rainbow in Ithaca.
In our store you will find beauty products and toiletries that meet the needs of the whole family.