1151 Ithaka

This minor planet is named after Ithaca (Ιθάκη), the home island of the Greek hero Odysseus from Homer's Odyssey, said to be in the Ionian Sea. There is some dispute as to which modern Greek island corresponds to this somewhat mythical location, but it is usually said to be the same as the modern island also named Ithaca.

In the Odyssey, Ithaca is described as "clear-seen Ithaca, wherein is a mountain, Neriton, covered with waving forests, conspicuous from afar… a rugged isle, but a good nurse of young men…"

The symbol for this asteroid is a trireme, a recurring symbol of Odysseus, with a mountain on it.

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