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 Iliad: Book 1
- The Iliad (bk I)
- The Iliad: Book 19
- The Iliad: Book 17
- The Odyssey: Book 1
- The Iliad: Book 14
- The Iliad: Book 24
- The Iliad: Book 10
- The Iliad: Book 18
- The Iliad: Book 2
- The Iliad: Book 20
- The Iliad: Book 22
- The Iliad: Book 12
- The Iliad: Book 11
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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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