Ithaca, the small island in the Ionian Sea, is well known around the world from Homer’s epic poems “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” and his central hero, Odysseus.
In contrast to the rich History of Ithaca, the archaeological research has been comparatively limited with the most important being done by foreign scientists in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Until the last century the clothes worn by the Ithacans were made of linen and woolen material which was produced on the island.
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.
Some four line rhymes of unknown authors are still in use today in Ithaca. They are about love, marriage, emigration and daily activities.