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The main female character, Julia Fabia, from the book +Vengeance and remission loves the work of Homer:

The weather in Britannia was different than everything Julia had experienced so far. Her origins were in Naples which lay between two notable volcanic regions, Mount Vesuvius and the Campi Flegrei. The climate was Mediterranean with mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Even emperors such as Claudius from the Julio-Claudian dynasty, the capable, efficient administrator and ambitious builder of many new roads, aqueducts, and canals, holidayed near the city. Julia loved the green, growing wild plants and the warm wind stroking the faces of the inhabitants. Additionally, she grew up with the Greek culture integrated into the Roman society. Naples was very well known and respected as lynchpin of Magna Graecia, a paragon of Hellenistic culture. Julia learnt Greek language and customs, while the city was expanded with elegant Roman villas, aqueducts, and public baths. She could declaim “Iliad” and “Odyssey” in Greek, too. Even though Virgil was traditionally ranked as one of Rome’s greatest poets, she valued Homer’s work higher. Virgil’s “Aeneid” was respected as the national epic of ancient Rome, but its construction was built based on Homer’s structure.

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