Episode 7 – Eudoxus of Cyzicus Doesn’t Always Drink Beer, But When He Does…

In this episode, we take a look at the fascinating life and adventures of Eudoxus of Cyzicus, one of the most colourful figures of the ancient world, and attempt to disentangle fact from fiction where possible, as he is concerned.

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Episode 7: I found this simple map roughly showing Eudoxus’ first shipwreck and his journey from Ghadr (Gades/Cadiz) down the coast of Africa here: http://www.crossingtheoceansea.com/…/OS-25-Ancient-Text-Res…

I should note, though, that I do not agree with the map author’s rough representation of where Eudoxus went: there is no evidence that he got anywhere close to Madagascar, or went further down the coast of West Africa than Hanno, for example.

My best guess (and that of several historians I have read on the subject) place Eudoxus’ shipwreck somewhere around modern-day Mogadishu, on the Horn of Africa, and place the spot at which he turned around on his first voyage south down the coast of West Africa somewhere just below the Gambia river.


Episode 7: The Golden Wind is a tale of historical fiction written by L. Sprague de Camp and published in 1969, re-published in 2014 with a new introduction by Harry Turtledove(!)

It deals with Eudoxus’ attempts to bypass the Egyptian state and make his fortune through trade with India by circumnavigating Africa. Interestingly, de Camp places Hippalus as the captain of Eudoxus’ ship during the first voyage and even has him as a main travelling companion throughout the narrative.

If the podcast episode wasn’t quite enough Eudoxus for you, have a look at this novel!