Homer

(Disputed - c 850 B.C.E. / Disputed)

Homer
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In the Western classical tradition, Homer is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest ancient Greek epic poet. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.

When he lived is controversial. Herodotus estimates that Homer lived 400 years before Herodotus' own time, which would place him at around 850 BC; while other ancient sources claim that he lived much nearer to the supposed time of the Trojan War, in the early 12th century BC

The formative influence played by the Homeric epics in shaping Greek culture was widely recognized, and Homer was described as... more »

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  • ''The generation of mankind is like the generation of leaves. The wind scatters the leaves on the ground, but the living tree burgeons with leaves again in the spring.''
    Homer (c. 9th century B.C.), Greek poet. Iliad 6.146-148, trans. by R. Lattimore, Chicago, University of Chicago Press (1951), slightly revised. A...
  • ''Hunger is insolent, and will be fed.''
    Homer (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek poet. Odyssey, bk. 7, l. 300, trans. by Alexander Pope.
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  • Freshman - 1,020 Points Melikhaya Zagagana (5/24/2014 10:26:00 AM)

    The incomparable at his throne; Homer the legend. He is as alive as his works of literature; to me his envy, i want to die and live like he did.

  • Rookie - 565 Points Sayeed Abubakar (10/9/2012 12:04:00 PM)

    O the great epic-poet, I have also a desire to write an epic-poem in Bangla, my mother language, on our great leader Bangabandhu.

  • Rookie - 565 Points Punsara Amarasinghe (10/24/2009 2:04:00 AM)

    I was inspired by the great poetic insperation of Homer..........His great epics impacted to change the entire western culture..............i love homer.......!

  • Rookie - 565 Points Tony Powell (4/21/2008 10:02:00 PM)

    Please amend your otherwisw excellent website by giving Homer's approximate date to c 1100 BC. The initials BCE are unnecessarily offensive

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