Ithika – The Value of Journeying

The Value of Journeying

The following text on Ithaca extends these themes with the idea that the journey, rather than the arriving, is part of the value. Can you think of times where the experience of the Journey is more important than arriving at the journey’s destination?


This poem by Constantine Cavafy is an imaginative interpretation of Odysseus’ return to Ithika after the Trojan war. (Odysseus is also known as Ulysses). Following the fall of Troy, it takes Odysseus ten years to complete his long journey back home to Ithaka. This journey is told in The Odyssey, one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. The poem is commonly dated around 700 BCE.

   Ithaca (in Greek, Ιθάκη, Ithaki) is an island in the Ionian Sea, in Greece