Online talk on Homer’s Women by Dr Emily Hauser, award-winning classicist and author of the acclaimed Golden Apple trilogy.
27th February 17:30-19:00
Abstract: Homer’s Women
There has never been a better time to be a woman in Homer. Fictional retellings of Homer’s women have been flooding onto the market in recent years: Madeline Miller’s Circe (2018), Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls (2018) and The Women of Troy (2021), Natalie Haynes’ A Thousand Ships (2019), as well as my own For the Most Beautiful (2016). But at the same time as all this, modern research has been proceeding apace and historians like me have been making discoveries about the real world these women lived in: filling the gaps, not only with the world of imagination, but with the real, lived experience of these incredible women. This talk explores the non-fiction reality (as far as we know it) behind the Homeric women that have hit the mainstream in recent years, and caught the interest of so many readers. It explores each of Homer’s women in turn, from Helen to Calypso, Circe to Penelope, delving into original ancient Greek texts, re-reading ancient histories, and unravelling new archaeological evidence in search of the real women in Homer.