Beyond the Edge of the Sea
Sailing with Jason and the Argonauts, Ulysses, the Vikings, and Other Explorers of the Ancient World
By Mauricio Obregon
(Modern Library, Paperback, 9780679783442, 144pp.)
Publication Date: February 12, 2002
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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. Using the clues embedded in these epic tales, Obregón deftly argues that many of the legends are not merely fiction, but are, quite possibly, true adventures.
Mauricio Obregón had a distinguished career as a scholar and sailor. He was a member of Harvard’s Board of Overseers for six years. He retraced, under sail and by light plane, fourteen voyages of discovery, from the Argonauts to Magellan. He published a half dozen books, including The Caribbean As Columbus Saw It with coauthor Samuel Eliot Morison. He lived in Bogotá, where he died in 1998.
“A charming and fascinating little book . . . Obregón takes us to the realm of the earliest sailors, prov[ing] himself as engaging a swabby as the best of them.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“An utterly elegant book, written with a poetic lilt.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“The book, which exudes an almost bewitching charm, lends itself to a wide readership interested in seafaring and its lore.” —Publishers Weekly