Posted by: DG MARYOGA | 12/01/2012

Following Odysseus’ Footprints and Reading Cavafy


ITHACA

As you set out for Ithaca

hope your road is a long one,

full of adventure, full of discovery …

Cavafy‘s “Homeric” inspirations and popular travel destinations to the cerulean blue waters of the Ionian sea where the  archetypal scenario of blue and white reigns.

Cerulean Blue and Verdant Mountains

Pray that the road is long, full of adventure, full of knowledge Cavafy says …

And when in Ithaca I say that I feel the relation between God and Man,I feel life itself without beginning without end …

The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the angry Poseidon — do not fear them:
You will never find such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your spirit and your body… Cavafy says …

And I grasp this vision and I look upon and see that the sun always rises and sets and the stars shine and I discover the beauty of our Universe, its secrets its heavens … All is there, the sun,the dawn,the sunset,the fine emotion that touches your spirit as Cavafy says …

Looking for the Horizon and Odysseus' Return

The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not set them up before you.

Pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many, when,
with such pleasure, with such joy
you will enter ports seen for the first time;
Always keep Ithaca in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for many years;
and to anchor at the island when you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,not expecting
that Ithaca will offer you riches.Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage
Without her you would have never set out on the road.
She has nothing more to give you.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.
Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
you must already have understood what Ithacas mean

Blue and Deep

 Inhabited since the 2nd Millennium and ruled by Odysseus it has very rich culture and long history behind and despite the fact that it was occupied by : Romans Normans  French Turkish Venetians British,its name,Ithaca, has remained unchanged as it was from ancient times.From Mycenean to Hellenistic era and then to the Byzantine period it has inspired and still inspires many noted poets and writers.The epic poems of Homer the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey” shed affluent light on old mythological and poetic traditions as well as on the hero Odysseus and his rule over Ithaca.Momentous Homeric works that change mythology into history and enlighten the restless human mind.

Dreamy Sunsets and Moments for our Peace of Mind

At the Traces of Odysseus

 Do I swim in the same blue waters that Penelope and Odysseus swam ? Do I enjoy the same fiery sunsets that they did ?

When the Sun sets the Sky afire

 Homeric inspirations and verses and moments that endure the ravages of time and stand proudly and carry the torch of civilization and culture …

Standing Proudly

 Take rocks, olive and pine branches,blue seas,vineyards,clear blue skies and synthesise Greece …

Standing Proudly and Inspiring

 Awaking blue ocean waters and forest fragrances to find the road to the shining Ithacas …

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  1. This is so beautifully narrated with the images of Greece, specially when you say:
    ” Do I swim in the same blue waters that Penelope and Odysseus swam ? Do I enjoy the same fiery sunsets that they did ?”

    Beautiful!

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    • Thank you so much Maria for appreciating my Ithaca post ! I’m sure you closely followed the journey … Sending love you way, Doda 🙂

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  2. What a Wonderful and beautiful post dear Doda, It gave me shivers, Really …Thanks for sharing this Brilliant photos and words…

    Sending you Many Hugs, Aquileana 🙂

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    • Thanks a million my dear friend Aquileana for following my Ithaca thoughts,my Cavafian life journey … Your are already crossing the road to Ithacas …
      All the very best , Doda 🙂 xoxoxo

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  3. Wow!! Stunning! In 2009, we visited Athens and took a day-long cruise. Great place!

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    • Thaaaaank U my friend !!!
      Delighted you appreciated it.
      Warm greetings

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      • Thank you for putting so much effort Maryoga! What a exquisite blog site! I will be your follower…

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        • Thank you Amy ! I have already started following yours.
          Best,
          Doda

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  4. […] Following Odysseus’ Footprints and Reading Cavafy (dodagrivas.wordpress.com) […]

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  5. What a beautiful island… it hides a great part of our history-mythology as well as our poetry!Love Cavafy’s symbolic poem for our adventurous journey to knowledge as an ultimate goal … D

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    • Thank you Lady D for appreciating the real,real target of my post.
      Hope the inscription on Odysseus statue accompanies you in your life and gives more light on your exceptional career ..
      Still waiting for your news from Warsaw.
      Much love as always Lady D
      Doda

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  6. Ancient Greece….mythology still alive. Such beauty in all respects. Knowing you has given me some particle of Greece. Thank you for your posts of beauty. To your health and happiness, Gretchen/

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    • Absolutely Gretchen!
      Still alive and conveying inspiration like your wonderful paintings which are sort of live pages from mythology,history,from noble thinking and sophisticated elements for the beholder.
      Paintings,poetry,literary works for our spiritual needs,for our healthy mind which makes our healthy body and together they care for our happiness …
      I wonder how people survive if they don’t include them in their everyday “menu”.
      Thanks for coming by and following my pensive Ithaca journey
      Doda

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  7. A nice blog as always – a bit like a crossword puzzle with clues that need unlocking! I thought nearby Kefalonia was making a recent claim to be the island of Odysseus?

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    • Hi, Andrew !
      Thankful for your approving comment and your visit as well as for your big “question mark”.
      I don’t know though,if you noticed my question mark : Do I swim in the same blue waters that Penelope and Odysseus swam ? Do I enjoy the same fiery sunsets that they did ? Have a look above to see what I mean. I intentionally put it there …
      You are totally right ; It could be Kefalonia or Zante (Zacynthos) as the area is one of the most active seismogenic zones in the world.
      Big earthquakes that took place in the past have dramatically changed the geomorphology of the area there.

      “I am Odysseus, Laertes’ son, world-famed
      For stratagems: my name has reached the heavens.
      Bright Ithaca is my home: it has a mountain,
      Leaf-quivering Neriton, far visible.
      Around are many islands, close to each other,
      Doulichion and Same and wooded Zacynthos.
      Ithaca itself lies low, furthest to sea
      Towards dusk; the rest, apart, face dawn and sun.” …

      Serious studies,Andrew,are still under way.
      Besides,my point here was Cavafy’s famous poem and the very long journey “to knowledge”,to Ithaca(S) as Cavafy says … And of course,to the puzzles and codes you so nicely mentioned.
      As for you,the contemporary travel writer Pausanias,and I am seriously saying that,things are much easier.Your travel experiences all over the world that have broadened your mind and your studies can easily help you out to decode and puzzle out the clues and the hidden knowledge behind …
      Regards
      Doda

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