Monday, July 10, 2006

Homeric Sex Change?

Homer (the writer of the Iliad and the Odyssey, not Bart's daddy!) could well have been a woman, The Australian reports. Expert in oral literature Andrew Dalby says:

There is no direct evidence of the poet's identity and therefore no justification for the customary assumption that the two epics were composed by a man. ... Women have a long tradition worldwide as makers of oral literature ...
Now wouldn't that just be a turn up for the books!

4 comments:

sympozium said...

Oh dear...Homerphobia! :-)))

bibliobibuli said...

ouch!

dreamer idiot said...

WOW... it will turn the whole Western literary canon on its own head...

Anonymous said...

Figures.. it was noted that Homer was plain.. that's usually only done for women what ? :)