What abilities or features of modern technology could have helped Odysseus on his journey?i said a car, and in that car has a gps. but I need to have three reasons why it would be helpful, and I...

What abilities or features of modern technology could have helped Odysseus on his journey?

i said a car, and in that car has a gps. but I need to have three reasons why it would be helpful, and I have to write it like a 5 paragraph essay. So please help!

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The main thing Odysseus could have used would have been a simple compass. He doesn't seem to have the slightest idea where he is going. It was probably easy enough for the Greeks to get from their country to Troy, but once Odysseus got lost in the Mediterranean he didn't know what direction to steer in. It would, of course, have been extremely helpful to have a map of the whole Mediterranean. Another aspect of modern knowledge that would have been invalluable would have been some understanding of astronomy. He could have located the north star and steered in that general direction, which would have brought him in sight of land. He would have found himself somewhere off the southern coast of Europe and probably would have had sense enough to follow the coast to his right, even if he had to go all the way around Italy. Sailors in his time kept close to the land and didn't venture out of sight of land if they could help it. Naturally it would have helped a lot to have an outboard motor, but that seems like asking too much. Once he was in sight of the European mainland, he would have two options. He could either follow the coast in his ship or else disembark and travel eastward along the shoreline on foot. Maybe will all his bad experiences at sea he would have been glad to walk home.

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