- NAME: Homer
- OCCUPATION: Poet
- BIRTH DATE: c. 800 BCE
- DEATH DATE: c. 701 BCE
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Greece
- PLACE OF DEATH: Greece
- Full Name: Homer
- AKA: Hom?ros
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Although very little is known about the life of Greek poet Homer, credited with being the first to write down the epic stories of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the impact of his tales continue to reverberate through Western culture.
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Since then, Homer’s influence has spread far beyond the frontiers of Hellas [Greece]….” wrote Werner Jaeger in Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture. He was right. The Iliad and The Odyssey have provided not only seeds but fertilizer for almost all the other arts and sciences in Western culture. For the Greeks, Homer was a godfather of their national culture,
chronicling its mythology and collective memory in rich rhythmic tales that have permeated the collective imagination.
Homer’s real life may remain a mystery, but the very real impact of his works continues to illuminate our world today.
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