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Sunday, July 30, 2006

The Baltic Origins of Homer`s Epic Tales

Felice Vinci,a nuclear engineer with an extensive background in Latin and Greek studies in his ground-breaking work, `The Baltic Origins of Homer`s Epic Tales. The Iliad, The Odyssey, and the Migration of Myth` puts forward the theory that the Homeric tales have their origins in real historic events in the Baltic area of northern Europe, not in the Mediterranean as scholars for centuries have presumed.
Vinci uses the tools of myth, literary criticism, etymology and topography to build an argument that the events of the Odyssey and Iliad could not have taken place in the Mediterranean.
For one thing the topography of Greece and Asia Minor does not lend itself to the geographical locations and climate outlined in the two tales.
The only place in Europe where the climate and the topography seems to fit is in northern Europe. The present day etymology of many of the places referred to in Homer`s work are to be found in present day Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and neighbouring northern countries.
Clearly the adventures and battles described in the Odyssey and the Iliad where there are frequent references to stormy,wet and cold weather, short days and long nights point to a climate radically different to anything known in southern Europe but rather typical of the very northern areas of Europe. He has found that places names referred to in Homer`s works can be found almost unchanged in the far north. Furthermore the distances between these places and their descriptions fit perfectly his northern scenario. He uses Homer`s `Catalogue of Ships` to convicingly show that the events of the Iliad could not have taken place in Asia Minor and the Mediterranean but only in the Baltic.
The nature of the Homeric heroes, their dress, customs, manners, behaviour and physical characteristics fit better with a Nordic and Germanic culture than a Mediterranean one.
Vinci not only provides page after page of evidence to support his theory from place name, climate and geographical/topographical evidence but also comparisons from Hyperborean myths and comparative Indo-European mythology.
He uses the same methedology to establish that the events of the Iliad could not have taken place on the site of Heinrich Schliemann`s Troy.
Homer`s tales are tales of a migrating northern European people who took their myths and history with them when they migrated south, probably as the result of climate change. Their influence on classical myth and culture is to be felt to this day.
The only discipline which has not been used to establish his theory is archaeology. Final and definitive evidence for his theory will only be found when the necessary archaeological excavations are eventually[if ever] carried out.
In the meantime his book gives us all food for thought!


Anonymous said...

Fascinating speculation. I've just enjoyed Homer's Oddysey and Illiad on cd-roms played whilst I've been driving to and from work. The "Aryan-ness" of Homer's heroes is plain to see.



Wotans Krieger said...

Indeed it is.
Even before I read Vinci`s work I was convinced in my heart of hearts that Homer`s work was replete with Aryan heroes and archetypes.
Wotans Krieger

Kenneth S. Doig said...

Obviosly Team Vinci either does not know or choose to ignore many facts, like linguists, especially phonology, Grimm's Law, already very sound & long-established etymologies for "viking" & "achaea", besides, the term viking is not a race, tribe, language or ethnicity, it was a "job", sea-faring pirates, & the name was not used until c.700AD, 2000 years after Vinci's Nordic odyssey in, supposedly c.1500 BC. Also comparing the name Ullyses to the Norse god Ullr- what crap, "Ulysses" is merely the later Latin rendering of the name "Odysseus".
I'm not saying Vinci may not be right, but he needs to get a competent IE/Gmc linguist onboard like me. The Achaeans being blond nordics is common to all early Indo-Europeans(IE) and linguistically the preGmc IE spoken in 1500 BC would've been quite close to Homeric-Greek. The Very first IE peoples who formed up as a single ethnicity some 20K years ago were long-skulled, dark-whites, I.e. Of the mediterrean race, and became strongly depigmentized over the millennia living in the northern cold, wet, cloudy steppes N of the Black &Caspian Seas, around 50-55 deg N lat, 55N is even w/ S. Sweden. The Gmc people, especially Scandinavians have kept closest to the original PIE Nordic as there were so few pre-existing people in far NW Europe.
Ken Doig read my critique of Vinci's theory.

Wotans Krieger said...

Thank you for your contribution Mr Doig but I must ask whether you have actually read the book and in its entirety?
I have found that his theory does provoke strong emotional and hand wringing reactions amongst southern Europeans for some reason.
Do you have any evidence to support your theory that the original phenotype for the Aryan race was Mediterranean? My own view is that they[Mediterraneans] were either a bastardised people or more likely a seperate race which became Indo-Europeanised. However this issue deserves a seperate article to do it justice.

Kenneth S. Doig said...

Read the olitically incorrect "Races of Europe", by C. Coon PhD.

El Diablo Matamoros said...

I have just finished Homer's Iliad and was struck by the similarities between the poem and Celtic/Germanic/Slavic epic poetry. This has led me to research the topic.

You could simply change the language and names and the material would be practically identical.

It has given me great insight into the mysterious peoples with no written history, encountered by Roman conquerors in the years immediately preceding the birth of Christ.