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The Homeric Question
Argumentative in nature, this essay presents the two sieds of the coin on the issue of whether or not Homer, the so-called blind poet really existed. The essay likewise settles the issue on the question of authorship of the Greek epic Iliad and Odyssey, purportedly written by Homer.
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There is no question that the writer of the Iliad and Odyssey was one of the greatest poets in the history of Western Europe. Eulogies and proclamation of praises were made even centuries after his death. For the ancients, he was the greatest poet, in fact often called simply “the poet.” Aristotle, Longinus, Horace and Quintillian gave ...
... the technical devices of his medium, Homer has been unsurpassed. If the early Greeks were to be asked, they would unhesitatingly say that there had been a single individual named Homer, to whom they ascribed the Iliad, the Odyssey and several minor works. In fact, so admirable a man Homer is that seven different Greek cities claimed the honor of having been his birthplace.
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