Mythology, Ancient World, Ithaca, Ulysses, Faiaken, Pheaciens, Alcinous, Theodore van Thulden
"Ulysse prend conge d'Alcinous, Roy des Pheaciens, il se met sur mer pour
retourner en Ithaque."
Odysseus says goodbye to Alcinous, Odysseus says goodbye to King Alcinous. In the background, the Phaeacians prepare a ship to sail Odysseus to Ithaca, vintage engraving
Woodcut by Theodre van Thulden (1606-1669). In the lower right corner are the initials TvT of
van Thulden. In the background is the ship prepared by the Faiaken to sail Odysseus to Ithaca.
Published ca 1633.
Original antique print
The image is in very fine condition. Unfortunately a small piece of the lower left corner is missing and the corner has repairs.. Margins are narrow.
On the reverse side in the lower left corner are montage rests from an early time.
Image size without title: 19 x 24.5 cm (7.5 x 9.6")
V LESSE prend congé d'Alcinous, Roy des Pheaciens, il fe met fur mer pour retourner en Ithaque. Il fe voit par là, Qu'apres toute forte d'auentures, que les hommes ont courues en voyageant chez les Eftrangers, leur plus violent defir afpire fans ceffe a leur patrie, comme la pierre d'aimant fe tourne toufiours du cofté du Nord.
V LESSE takes leave of Alcinous, King of the Phaeacians, he puts himself on the sea to return to Ithaca. It is seen by this, That after all the strong adventures, which men have run while traveling among foreigners, their most violent challenge falls on their fatherland, as the magnet stone always turns from the side of the North.
The Phaeacians are a people in Greek mythology who live on the island of Scheria, sometimes spelled Scherie. They're excellent mariners and skilled with all kinds of ocean activities - fishing, boatbuilding, navigating, you name it. They are instrumental in Odysseus's return to Ithaca.
Scheria, Scherie, Σχερία, Σχερίη), also known as Phaeacia or Faiakia was a region in Greek mythology, first mentioned in Homer's Odyssey as the home of the Phaeacians and the last destination of Odysseus in his 10-year journey before returning home to Ithaca. It is one of the earliest descriptions of a utopia.