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by Evan A. Pezas '72 My favorite Greek poet is Konstantinos Kavafis, a fellow Alexandria-born Greek, and I always reread his poem, Ithaki, before I leave on a visit to a new place. Photos by Stavros "Delas" Dellaportas Faceing page: The Church of Panagia (the Virgin Mary) Spiliotisa, built into the side of a mountain southwest of Vathy When you set out on your journey to Ithaca, pray that the road is long, full of adventure, full of knowledge. 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. This was going to be my first real visit to the island of Ithaki, and I was quite excited. I'd been there before, by yacht, for a few hours only, from nearby Cephalonia, but never actually for a long stay, so it was like a new journey for me. And a journey planned at the last moment. In early June of 2010 I got a call from a good friend in the States, Dr. Susan Heuck Allen. A visiting scholar at Brown University and formerly a profes- sor of archaeology at Smith College and Yale University, Susan is a great friend of Greece. She was calling to get details about some recent discover- ies about the Palace of Odysseus (or Ulysses, in Latin) on the island of Ithaki. I remembered having seen a report about the discovery on local TV the day before. The stone ruins in the foreground are believed to be part of the palace of Odysseus, who, according to Homeric legend, sailed from his island home to command the Pan Hellenic armies in the war against Troy. The site commands a mountain slope in Aghios (Saint) Athanassios. 82 School of Hotel Administration

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