The story

Homer

Homer



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Greek poet (850 BC). Author of the Iliad and Odyssey, considered two of the greatest works of antiquity

Little is known about Homer. He is believed to be a blind poet, lived in Greece in the eighth century BC and wrote two of the most important epics in the history of civilization. He may have been a walking minstrel or a storyteller at the court of one of the Greek city-states. Some even believe that he is an imaginary character, created just to justify the works attributed to him.

At the same time as Homer is supposed to have lived, two epic poems appeared in Greek literature: the Iliad and the Odyssey. Against the backdrop of the Trojan War, they are so impressive that they have endured for centuries as literary masterpieces. The Iliad tells the story of Achilles and his quarrel with his commander Agamemnon about Briseida, a Trojan slave. Achilles refuses to fight the Trojans, but when his friend Patroclus is killed by Hector, a Trojan general, Achilles decides to enter the battle to avenge him.

And the Odyssey chronicles the ten years Ulysses had to face monsters and giants on land and sea before returning to Ithaca. There he is forced to defeat several men who tried to court his wife Penelope, who had already convinced herself that her husband had died. In the end, Ulysses recovers his throne in Ithaca and joins Penelope again.

Other works have been attributed to Homer, but his true legacy lies in the numerous works that were inspired by the Iliad and the Odyssey, the characters and mythology he created.