The Authoress of the Odyssey

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The Authoress of the Odyssey
Samuel Butler

Samuel Butler developed a theory that the Odyssey came from the pen of a young Sicilian woman, and that the scenes of the poem reflected the coast of Sicily and its nearby islands. He described the "evidence" for this theory in his The Authoress of the Odyssey (1897) and in the introduction and footnotes to his prose translation of the Odyssey (1900)

Excerpted from Samuel Butler (novelist) on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Chapter 1: The Importance of Inquiry

Chapter 2: The Story of the Odyssey

Chapter 3: The Preponderance of Woman in the Odyssey

Chapter 4: Jealousy for the Honour and Dignity of Woman

Chapter 5: Whether Penelope is Being Whitewashed

Chapter 6: The Character of Penelope, The Journey of Telemachus

Chapter 7: Further Indications That the Writer Is a Young, Headstrong, and Unmarried Woman

Chapter 8: Ithaca and Scheria Are Drawn From Trapani

Chapter 9: The Voyages of Ulysses Shown to be a Sail Round Sicily

Chapter 10: Further Details Regarding the Voyages of Ulysses

Chapter 11: Who Was the Writer?

Chapter 12: The Date Of The Poem

Chapter 13: Further Evidence in Support of an Early Ionian Settlement at Trapani

Chapter 14: That the Iliad Which the Writer of the Odyssey Knew Was the Same As What We Now Have

Chapter 15: Relation to other Poems of the Trojan Cycle and its Development by the Authoress

Chapter 16: Conclusion

This work was published before January 1, 1927, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.