Homer's Daughter

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First edition (publ. Cassell)

Homer's Daughter is a 1955 novel by Robert Graves, famous for I, Claudius and The White Goddess.

It starts from the idea that Homer's Odyssey was written by a princess in the Greek settlements in Sicily. The novel makes an entirely speculative reconstruction of who she was and why she wrote such a work. It has her modifying the legends that existed in her own time to partly match a crisis in her own life. The idea that a woman wrote the works of Homer was initially proposed by Samuel Butler who developed the theory in his The Authoress of the Odyssey. Graves elaborated from Butler's theory in his novel.

It is not as famous as the Claudius novels, but has its admirers.[1]


  1. ^ "Carcanet Press - Homer's Daughter and the Anger of Achilles". Carcanet.co.uk. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
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