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Homer

800 BC - 750 BC

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Homer (; Ancient Greek: Ὅμηρος [hómɛːros], Hómēros; born c. 8th century BC) was a Greek poet who is credited as the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, two epic poems that are foundational works of ancient Greek literature. Homer is considered one of the most revered and influential authors in history. Homer's Iliad centers on a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles during the last year of the Trojan War. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Homer has received more than 9,287,346 page views. His biography is available in 187 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 182 in 2019). Homer is the most popular writer, the 6th most popular biography from Greece (down from 5th in 2019) and the most popular Greek Writer.

Homer is most famous for his epic poem, The Odyssey.

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Notable Works

Iliad
Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). Erodelphian Society, Translations into English, Odysseus (Greek mythology)
Set in the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of Ilium by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles. - [Wikipedia][1] [1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iliad
Odyssey
great_books_of_the_western_world, Translations into Italian, Odysseus (Greek mythology)
The Odyssey (/ˈɒdəsi/; Greek: Ὀδύσσεια, Odýsseia) is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work ascribed to Homer. The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon, and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature, the Iliad being the oldest. Scholars believe it was composed near the end of the 8th century BC, somewhere in Ionia, the Greek coastal region of Anatolia. - [Wikipedia][1] When Robert Fagles' translation of the Iliad was published in 1990, critics and scholars alike hailed it as a masterpiece. Now one of the great translators of our time presents us with the Odyssey, Homer's best-loved poem, recounting Odysseus' wanderings after the Trojan War. With wit and wile, the "man of twists and turns" meets the challenges of gods and monsters, only to return after twenty years to a home besieged by his wife's suitors. In the myths and legends retold in this immortal poem, Fagles has captured the energy of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom. This is an Odyssey to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. - Container. [1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odyssey
The Homeric hymns
Poetry, Translations into English, Hymns, Greek (Classical)
Bridge of the Gods
Ὀδύσσεια
great_books_of_the_western_world, Poetry, Fiction
The Odyssey (/ˈɒdəsi/; Greek: Ὀδύσσεια, Odýsseia) is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work ascribed to Homer. The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon, and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature, the Iliad being the oldest. Scholars believe it was composed near the end of the 8th century BC, somewhere in Ionia, the Greek coastal region of Anatolia. - [Wikipedia][1] [1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odyssey
The Odyssey
Greek Epic poetry, Translations into English, Poetry
A new translation of the epic poem retells the story of Odysseus's ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War.
The Iliad of Homer
Odysseus (Greek mythology), Juvenile poetry, Readers
This long-awaited new edition of Lattimore's Iliad is designed to bring the book into the twenty-first century—while leaving the poem as firmly rooted in ancient Greece as ever. Lattimore's elegant, fluent verses—with their memorably phrased heroic epithets and remarkable fidelity to the Greek—remain unchanged, but classicist Richard Martin has added a wealth of supplementary materials designed to aid new generations of readers. A new introduction sets the poem in the wider context of Greek life, warfare, society, and poetry, while line-by-line notes at the back of the volume offer explanations of unfamiliar terms, information about the Greek gods and heroes, and literary appreciation. A glossary and maps round out the book. The result is a volume that actively invites readers into Homer's poem, helping them to understand fully the worlds in which he and his heroes lived—and thus enabling them to marvel, as so many have for centuries, at Hektor and Ajax, Paris and Helen, and the devastating rage of Achilleus.
Odyssey
Continental european drama (dramatic works by one author), Odysseus (greek mythology), Mythology, classical
Dictionary of National Biography
biography, dictionary, Dictionaries
The definitive compendium of British biographies, originally commissioned by publisher George Murray Smith of Smith, Elder & co. A series of editors and a long list of contributors followed the format first established by Sir Leslie Stephen. Entries range from one paragraph to several pages per person. The DNB was acquired by Oxford University Press circa 1912. They added supplements, errata, indices, and a _Concise_ version. Modern versions are published as the _Oxford Dictionary of National Biography_. A painstaking transcription from scanned public domain copies is underway at WikiSource: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Wikisource:WikiProject_DNB

Among WRITERS

Among writers, Homer ranks 1 out of 7,302After him are Dante Alighieri, William Shakespeare, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Edgar Allan Poe, Fyodor Dostoevsky, J. R. R. Tolkien, Lord Byron, Voltaire, Hans Christian Andersen, Leo Tolstoy, and Victor Hugo.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 800 BC, Homer ranks 1After him are Isaiah, Hesiod, Amos, Lycurgus of Sparta, Hezekiah, Hoshea, Esarhaddon, Manasseh of Judah, Achaemenes, Titus Tatius, and Jotham of Judah. Among people deceased in 750 BC, Homer ranks 1After him is Nicander of Sparta.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Homer ranks 6 out of 1,024Before him are Aristotle (-384), Plato (-427), Socrates (-470), Alexander the Great (-356), and Pythagoras (-570). After him are Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881), Hippocrates (-460), Sophocles (-497), Pericles (-494), Democritus (-460), and Epicurus (-341).

Among WRITERS In Greece

Among writers born in Greece, Homer ranks 1After him are Sophocles (-497), Euripides (-480), Aristophanes (-448), Aeschylus (-525), Sappho (-630), Menander (-342), Pindar (-517), Nikos Kazantzakis (1883), Alcaeus of Mytilene (-620), Archilochus (-680), and Nâzım Hikmet (1902).