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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 40 ...

Homer Poems

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The Iliad: Book 1

Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that brought
countless ills upon the Achaeans. Many a brave soul did it send
hurrying down to Hades, and many a hero did it yield a prey to dogs
and vultures, for so were the counsels of Jove fulfilled from the
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The Iliad (Bk I)

Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans. Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a hero did it yield a prey to dogs and vultures, for so were the counsels of Jove fulfilled from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles, first fell out with one another.

And which of the gods was it that set them on to quarrel? It was the son of Jove and Leto; for he was angry with the king and sent a pestilence upon the host to plague the people, because the son of Atreus had dishonoured Chryses his priest. Now Chryses had come to the ships of the Achaeans to free his daughter, and had brought with him a great ransom: moreover he bore in his hand the sceptre of Apollo wreathed with a suppliant's wreath and he besought the Achaeans, but most of all the two sons of Atreus, who were their chiefs.
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The Odyssey: Book 1

Tell me, o muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide
after he had sacked the famous town of Troy. Many cities did he visit,
and many were the nations with whose manners and customs he was
acquainted; moreover he suffered much by sea while trying to save
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The Iliad: Book 17

Brave Menelaus son of Atreus now came to know that Patroclus had
fallen, and made his way through the front ranks clad in full armour
to bestride him. As a cow stands lowing over her first calf, even so
did yellow-haired Menelaus bestride Patroclus. He held his round
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5.
The Iliad: Book 19

Now when Dawn in robe of saffron was hasting from the streams of
Oceanus, to bring light to mortals and immortals, Thetis reached the
ships with the armour that the god had given her. She found her son
fallen about the body of Patroclus and weeping bitterly. Many also
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Homer Quotes

11 November 2014

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.

11 November 2014

Hunger is insolent, and will be fed.

Homer Comments

Punsara Amarasinghe 24 October 2009

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

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Tony Powell 21 April 2008

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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Sayeed Abubakar 09 October 2012

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.

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Fabrizio Frosini 14 February 2016

Aristotle remarks in his Poetics that Homer was unique among the poets of his time, and indeed, the presumed author of the Iliad and the Odyssey must assuredly be one of the greatest of the world’s literary artists. He is also one of the most influential authors in the widest sense, for the two epics provided the basis of Greek education and culture throughout the Classical age and formed the backbone of humane education down to the time of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity...

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Melikhaya Zagagana 24 May 2014

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.

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yo mum 30 May 2019

is so tiny she hanglides on doritos

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Bobby 28 November 2018

I farted and my mommy loves me vewwy my ch

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jeremiah 29 October 2018

a poet called- - - - wrote a poem about the trojan war

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Bea Tyler 17 May 2018

Homer is cool cool cool cool cool\

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Con lash 07 May 2018

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