Myths & Legends

The aim is to map out all the different myths & legends from the Ancient World, such as The Odyssey, The Aeneid, Hercules’ Labours and many more.

Any input or contributions are greatly appreciated.

Map/Story Summaries - The Odyssey
A map of Odysseus’ wanderings in the Odyssey. (c) Katie Reinig
A map of Aeneas’ wanderings in the Aeneid. (c) Rcsprinter123

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7 thoughts on “Myths & Legends

  1. I am an archaeologist preparing a book about the Odyssey with definitely new ideas on Odysseus’ travels and many other aspects of Homeric geography, ancient history, and the Ionian Islands. I wonder if it would be possible to wotk with you.


  2. I love maps, and look forward to exploring yours. The title here implies a global focus, but the northern Mediterranean region is much, much narrower than that. “The Ancient World” could be anywhere, from the Valdivia culture in Ecuador to the very ancient Saharan rock murals, or those of Australia or New Mexico, to the Indus or Huanghe river valleys. This naming, along with “Antiquity,” is an engrained cultural habit that fixates on the Greco-Roman world as the lodestar. “Classical” has the same associations, and the same problems. Since you asked for feedback, this is mine. No offense intended. I look forward to seeing more.


  3. Gosh, what about the rest of the world instead of just this tiny plot of land and water? That’s the Mediterranean area, not the world.
    I love the ancient Mediterranean and Middles Eastern history and mythology, but those stories are only s small part of our world history and mythology.


  4. Those stories are becoming more available. I think the concentration on Greco-Roman classics, I think, comes from the history of education in The West, from the models set by 19th C. German schooling based on the work of German archaeologists, and then translated to England, which likes to see itself as another Golden Age, as reflected in Homer’s great story-telling power, and then Vergil’s pumping of the Roman Golden Age. England’s colonial wars and the need to raise a generation to lead the colonization of the Globe. That’s what education was for, to raise men to see themselves in mythical terms, as soldiers and heroes. Shakespeare’s Henry V, for example. And the Western powers certainly saw themselves as carrying the “White Man’s Burden” as a superior race with the mission to civilize the lesser. Please excuse my rough outline.


  5. Hello! Not sure if this counts (yet) but I did a capstone project that maps flood myths from around the world. It isn’t limited to the Ancient World per se but that a future goal is to add a timeline to this site or work on a related project in that way. The project is called Mapping Flood Myths and it can be found at if anyone is interested.


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