Beyond the Edge of the Sea

Beyond the Edge of the Sea

By (author) Mauricio Obregon

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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 Obregon 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, Obregon deftly argues that many of the legends are not merely fiction, but are, quite possibly, true adventures.

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 131.1 x 207.3 x 8.6mm | 122.47g
  • 21 Mar 2002
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 18 PHOTOS; 14 ILLUS; 13 MAPS
  • 067978344X
  • 9780679783442
  • 1,701,686

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Author Information

Mauricio Obregon 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 Bogota, where he died in 1998.

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"A charming and fascinating little book . . . Obregon 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"

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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 Obregin 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, Obregin deftly argues that many of the legends are not merely fiction, but are, quite possibly, true adventures.

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