In ancient Greek literature, Nausicaa (often rendered Nausicaä; Greek: Ναυσικά), a daughter of King Alcinous (Alkinoos) of the Phaeacians and Queen Arete, appears in Homer's Odyssey. The maiden Nausicaa finds the shipwrecked Odysseus on the shore of Scheria and brings him to her father: Homer gives a fine literary account of love never expressed.
A substantial portion of the Odyssey consists of Odysseus recounting his adventures to Alcinous and his guests. Alcinous then generously provides Odysseus with the ships that finally bring him home to Ithaca.
Portions of this material originated as excerpts from the public-domain 1848 edition of Lemprière's Dictionary by John Lemprière.