Plutarch, Hesiod, Homer, Plato and other ancient authors provide detailed descriptions of heroic voyages such as those of the Argonauts, Cronus and Heracles, to areas “beyond the ocean”.
The details in the classical narratives are striking. Are they simply poetic descriptions designed to capture the attention of their audiences, or do they perhaps refer to real voyages that were frequently made by ancient mariners, and the travel details were commonly known? And if this is so, who had access to this knowledge?
With geographical analysis as the main vehicle, In the Shadow tries to decode the routes of the voyages according to the ancient descriptions, to locate each destination on the modern map, and to document their validity. The results present many surprises and reveal unexpected relationships.
The analysis offers a new, alternative and documented interpretation of a story at least 3000 years old, a piece of history that has been misinterpreted and ignored, a piece of history that has been locked in its secrecy.