Women of Substance in Homeric Epic

‘Ahead of the publication of her new book on women in Homeric epic, Dr Lilah Grace Canevaro talks about the feminist revolution in readings and rewritings of Homer, and about the secret female codes which we are only now starting to decipher‘.

This is a brilliant article! Strongly recommend you give it a read.

Tony

Classical Studies Support

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Ahead of the publication of her new book on women in Homeric epic, Dr Lilah Grace Canevaro talks about the feminist revolution in readings and rewritings of Homer, and about the secret female codes which we are only now starting to decipher.

Men carve meaning into women’s faces; messages addressed to other men. In Achilles’ compound, the message had been: Look at her. My prize awarded by the army, proof that I am what I’ve always claimed to be: the greatest of the Greeks. Here, in Agamemnon’s compound, it was: Look at her, Achilles’ prize. I took her away from him just as I can take your prize away from you. I can take everything you have.

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