Homer is the legendary ancient Greek author traditionally said to be the author of the major Greek epics the Iliad and the Odyssey. His historicity and identity are open to scholarly debate, with some suggesting he may have been a bard or a collective name for multiple authors. The time period in which he supposedly lived is also uncertain, with estimates ranging from the 12th to the 8th century BCE.
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1. The Odyssey
This epic poem follows the Greek hero Odysseus on his journey home after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten-year Trojan War. Along the way, he encounters many obstacles including mythical creatures, divine beings, and natural disasters. Meanwhile, back in Ithaca, his wife Penelope and son Telemachus fend off suitors vying for Penelope's hand in marriage, believing Odysseus to be dead. The story concludes with Odysseus's return, his slaughter of the suitors, and his reunion with his family.
2. The Iliad
This epic poem focuses on the final weeks of the Trojan War, a conflict between the city of Troy and the Greek city-states. The story explores themes of war, honor, wrath, and divine intervention, with a particular focus on the Greek hero Achilles, whose anger and refusal to fight have devastating consequences. The narrative also delves into the lives of the gods, their relationships with humans, and their influence on the course of events.