The poet Robert Graves' use of material from classical sources has been contentious to scholars for many years, with a number of classicists baulking at his interpretation of myth and his novelization of history, and questioning its academic value.
This collection of essays provides the latest scholarship on Graves' historical fiction (for example in I, Claudius and Count Belisarius) and his use of mythical figures in his poetry, as well as an examination of his controversial retelling of the Greek Myths. The essays explore Graves' unique perspective and expand our understanding of his works within their original context, while at the same time considering their relevance in how we comprehend the ancient
A. G. G. Gibson is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Classics at the University of St. Andrews.
Introduction ; 1. 'It's readable all right, but it's not history': Robert Graves' Claudius Novels and the Impossibility of Historical Fiction ; 2. Claudius in the Library ; 3. Homer's Daughter: Graves' Vera Historia ; 4. Robert Graves as Historical Novelist: Count Belisarius - Genesis, Gender, and Truth ; 5. Graves on War and the Late Antique: Count Belisarius and his World ; 6. The Golden Ass and the Golden Warrior ; 7. 'Essentially a moral problem': Robert Graves and the Politics of the Plain Prose Tradition ; 8. Robert Graves' The Greek Myths and Matriarchy ; 9. Scholarly Mythopoesis: Robert Graves' The Greek Myths ; 10. Freedom to Invent: Graves' Iconoclastic Approach to Antiquity ; 11. Restoring Narcissus: The Love Poems of Robert Graves ; 12. Robert Graves at Troy, Marathon, and the End of Sandy Road: War Poems at a Classical Distance ; 13. 'Con beffarda irriverenza': Graves' Augustus in Mussolini's Italy ; 14. Josef von Sternberg and the Cinematizing of I, Claudius ; 15. Broadcasting the Common Asphodel: Robert Graves and the Mass Media ; 16. The Anger of Achilles (1964): A Prize-Winning 'Epic for Radio' by Robert Graves ; Bibliography ; Index