Beyond the Edge of the Sea: Sailing with Jason and the Argonauts, Ulysses, the Vikings, and Other Explorers of the Ancient World
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Beyond the Edge of the Sea: Sailing with Jason and the Argonauts, Ulysses, the Vikings, and Other Explorers of the Ancient World

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The story of Jason and the Argonauts and Homer’s tales of Ulysses are among the greatest ancient epics, but are they merely nautical legends or true stories?

Mauricio Obregón has combed through classical texts, focusing on the smallest details, and with his intimate knowledge of historical navigation, brilliantly reenacts the voyages the ancient heroes actually traveled. Us...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 12th 2002 by Modern Library (first published January 23rd 2001)
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Tony
BEYOND THE EDGE OF THE SEA: Sailing with Jason and the Argonauts, Ulysses, the Vikings, and Other Explorers of the Ancient World. (2001). Mauricio Obregon. **.
This is a poorly written book.. You can get a good idea of what it’s about from the full title, but the author also includes the Polynesian migrations; all in a slim volume of 123 pages! The author has a c.v. that goes on forever, including ambassadorships, tracing ancient voyages by air and sea, publishing over a dozen books on his own,...more
Megan
Jan 11, 2008 Megan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Shinynickel
This is a pretty quick read. The author, Mauricio Obregon was an accomplished sailor as well as a classics scholar, and in this book he deftly retraces the most likely real routes taken by the heroes of myth in their sailing adventures. His narrative style is a bit too cut and dry for my tastes, and I feel he could have made the retelling of his voyages either more scientifically distant or more entertaining, but overall I enjoyed this book quite a bit on content alone.

Obregon's attempts to dra...more
Seth
I most enjoyed the comparison of ancient Greek and Polynesian navigational methods. For example this passage comparing wind directions and terminology: "The Greeks and Polynesians identified directions with winds whose personality, smell, and taste the easily recognized...Out of the south, Notus raged with a fiery passion, as did Tonga, named for the Polynesians' southernmost islands and the fierce inhabitants."
Megan Getrum
Interesting look at ancient sailors. I liked the comparison between Greek and Polynesian sailors but wish there had been a bit more about the Polynesians.
Steve
Jun 03, 2008 Steve added it
I always thought that the story of Jason and the Argonauts/Golden Fleece was pure myth but author Obregon shows via following Jason's geographic trail that at the very least the locations and nautical meanderings were indeed historical. Amazing. As are Obregon's musings on history, mythology and ancient mariners.
Julien
Interesting idea but weak delivery. The concepts are not well explained, the facts are not checked (some of them are plain wrong) and the writing is poor.
Christopher
Slightly rambling snapshots of sailing routes of mostly the ancient Greeks.
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