Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Ship Of Odysseus

OK. I have missed a connection here and I had better draw attention to it before anyone else does. We are connecting:

"The Old Ships" by James Elroy Flecker;
"Ivory, and Apes, and Peacocks" by Poul Anderson;
the Nantucket Trilogy by SM Stirling.

"The Old Ships" refers to Tyre by name and to Odysseus by description;
Tyre is the setting of "Ivory...";
Odysseus is a character in the Nantucket Trilogy.

However, there is more:

"The Old Ships" speculates that one very old ship might have been the ship of Odysseus;
"Ivory..." contains this passage -

"Far and far away, a sail passed by. It could have been driving the ship of Odysseus." (Time Patrol, p. 326) 

1 comment:

  1. Kaor, Paul!

    Considering how Poul Anderson was an enthusiastic fan of Rudyard Kipling, I've wondered if any of the latter's poems or stories shows us King Hiram and Odysseus? I know one of Kiplling's poems has a line mentioning Tyre and Nineveh.