Mark Twain said, "It 's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled".
Homer is a constant source of frustration for archaeologists, for philologists and all commentators ... hundreds of pages with thousands of names, events, references, locations,
etc. But they end up confusing rather than help us to clarify them. But if the solution was different from those painstakingly elaborated over the centuries by writers? Why Homer continued to praise the art of deception? Because he slept ... or because it is he who has deceived all of us for 3000 years? And the myths are only fairy tales, or are born from real events of which we just begin to glimpse the origin?

Seven articles of Alberto Majrani on the site of archaeologist Pierluigi Montalbano with automatic translation (you can click on google translator and select INGLESE as language)

Many other abstract in italian here
from the new book by Alberto Majrani entitled L'ASTUTO OMERO The CUNNING HOMER – Ulysses, Nobody, Philoctetes and the ingenious deception of the Odyssey

lunedì 4 gennaio 2016




a concise collection of opinions on this book, made by those who have been able to read the first edition or the new preview draft

Giulio Giorello (preface): “A well-found solution”.

Cinzia Bearzot, Greek scholar, Catholic University of Milan: “Convincing, funny, very well written”.

Fabio Negrino, archaeologist, University of Genoa: “Suggestive and well-argued hypotheses”.

Franco Malerba, the first Italian astronaut: “I read with genuine curiosity the investigation Ulysses-Philoctetes which I found convincing.”.

Lowell Edmunds, Professor of Classics at Rutgers University (USA): “Dear Alberto, your book seems to me extremely clever”.

Benedetta Colella, teacher: “How much I laughed when Alberto Majrani revealed to me that he, a naturalist, had solved the thousand-year-old question! After reading his book, with all the intentions to crush him, my prejudices ran aground on the rocks of uncertainty. What if he's right?”.

Anna Lucia D'Agata, archaeologist: "Interesting hermeneutic and narratological analysis"

Cristiana Barandoni, archaeologist: “I read it in one breath and, what can I say, I am dazed! First of all for how you write, then the content was added to the form. And a reflection: literature and criticism, very abundant, often leave little room for new interpretations. But if we want to be "philosophers" we must admit not only that we do not know everything, but also that further interpretations may exist. Thesis and antithesis, this is the process towards knowledge. Reading your Homer, a series of reflections have been triggered that have never been considered before today”.

Giovanna Albi, Greek scholar and literary critic: “It's brilliant”.

Barbara Bubbi, science popularizer: “You have a fantastic sense of humor, which can also be perceived very well from your books. Yours is a treatise of extreme interest, and only good writers can explain complex topics in a simple and fun way ”.

Giovanni Anzidei, Head of the Accademia dei Lincei press office: “A great book, and it must be said loudly!”.

Guido Cossard, archaeoastronomer: “Extremely interesting theory, and very well argued”.

Enrico Banfi, former Director of the Museum of Natural History in Milan: “I won't go into the merits of other issues, but the naturalistic part is perfect”.

Giulia Benati, Director of the Milan Cathedral Museum: “In one word: beautiful”.

Giulio Calegari, palethnologist-artist. “What would myth be if it were not possible to dig into it to find, as in the archaeological layers, always new truths? Dreams that only the past can suggest, to allow us to look further and further away, on that horizon where scientific truth and poetic truth coexist. Perhaps it is this elsewhere that Alberto Majrani tries to grasp. This is the power of the myth: opening up to infinite stories that one must know how to grasp with amazement and sensitivity. The ancient bards would thank you! ”.

Paolo Colona, astronomer: “Some of Alberto's studies are examples of beautiful archaeoastronomic research. And then Majrani has a talent: he is the only one I know who is able to subvert accepted and shared knowledge, starting from details for all to see, without making mistakes, potentially getting it right; he proposes annoyingly irrefutable theories! ”.

Emanuele Properzi, “Majrani is proposing to the publishing world an extraordinary project for originality, ambition and solidity of contents”.

Teodoro Georgiadis, CNR researcher: "I liked your book very much, your reading is really intelligent, very well constructed, it forces you to go much deeper, to look for correlations, and it does an important thing for the Greeks: it keeps the fundamental interest that must be had for this story of the human race ".

Ettore Brocca, "Thanks to a remarkable argumentative ability, the author wears the devil's advocates toga to support the thesis that it was not Ulysses who killed the suitors, but Philoctetes! And we are certainly not faced with a literary divertissement studded with vacuous opinions ”.

Felice Vinci, author of The Baltic Origins of Homer's Epic Tales "Many books have been written that took their cue from mine, but 'the best' is yours!"

Daniela Toschi, psychiatrist: “I had always been troubled, since school, by certain discordant notes; as well as certain forced psychoanalytic interpretations of the myth. This theory made me rediscover an even more fascinating Odyssey”. "A serious study that reveals surprising possibilities, like a thriller,

really intriguing and very pleasant to read ".

Giuseppe Zanetto, Greek scholar, State University of Milan: “Dear Dr. Majrani, thanks for the email and thanks for the pdf of the book, which I will read with pleasure (as I read the first version, which you sent me in paper form). The Odyssey is a wonderful book, which contains a thousand stories, a thousand scenarios, a thousand truth. In almost three thousand years it has offered material and inspiration to many people: poets, philosophers, mythographers, ceramographers, artists and intellectuals of all kinds. I too put myself in the group: I am guilty of a rewriting of the poem intended for young readers. But the most beautiful thing is that over the centuries the Odyssey has given each of us, its followers, joy, fun and a bit of legitimate pride: because we all found "our" truth within it, which all the others had missed. From Homerist to Homerist, I send you my warmest greetings”.

Eleonora Cavallini, Greek scholar, University of Bologna: "You write very well, you have a strong sense of logic and you have certainly read the Homeric poems very carefully, and I like this".

Giuseppe Girgenti, Professor of the History of Ancient Philosophy, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan: “Convincing thesis”.

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