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This is an adventure, but it is also peek into the day to day domestic life of the Ancient Greeks. It gives a voice to women who where considered little more than a womb by the Ancient Greek males - at least in some of the writings that have survived. Graves draws on his vast knowledge of Ancient Greece to bring it to life. The author was criticized for being a historian and writing historical fiction. But as far as I can tell, it would have been a crime for Graves to suppress his excellent ability to weave an engaging tale.
I also recommend Count Belisarius and I, Claudius and Claudius the God. I look forward to reading other books by Robert Graves.
It is based on the theory originally developed by Samuel Butler (1835 –1902, author of The Way of All Flesh), that, while Homer (or the male bards called Homeridae, or Sons of Homer) were responsible for The Iliad, The Odyssey was composed by a Sicilian woman, and its landscape located in Sicily (especially the territory of Trapani) and its nearby islands: unlike the Iliad, the Odyssey focusses on social areas where women had expertise, but less with knowledge areas in the male field. Robert Graves was convinced of this theory, and it accorded with his general tendency to allocate strong roles to women, as his belief in a matriarchal religion and power females such as Livia in 'I Claudius'.
PLOT SPOILERS: please note, as it's difficult to give a review without including some.
In 'Homer's Daughter', Nausicaa is the fictional authoress of The Odyssey, with its Odysseus homecoming part based on her own personal experiences of an attempt by encroaching suitors in Sicily to usurp the kingship in her father's absence, and murder her brothers.Read more ›
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In his relatively short novel author presents very interesting approach to the ''Homeric problem''. But in my opinion Homer was an author of both greatest works in the literature.Published on March 31, 2010 by mjare
"Homer's Daughter" does not compare favorably to "I, Claudius"--Graves does not write a woman's voice convicingly. Still, the idea behind this novel is an interesting one. Read morePublished on August 14, 2006 by Calliope
I suppose I 'enjoyed' this book in the same weary way I 'enjoyed' the same author's Wife To Mr Milton, which is also narrated in a female persona. Read morePublished on September 6, 2002 by DAVID BRYSON