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A hero is one who is born illegitimately out of the fear of the prophecy of his future greatness is abandoned by his father is save by animals or others and raised by a lowly couple fights wars returns home triumphant defeats his persecutors frees his mother becomes king founds a city and dies young In Quest of the Hero vii Homer took this theory to heart in his writing the OdysseyHomer was constantly using each one of these components and many of them can be seen in both the Iliad and the Odyssey As you can see in his writings Homer was way ahead of his time in his use of the power of words He began a spark in the area of epic poems that will never be replaced In fact some believe that that spark was definitely started by Homer as he created the Iliad and the Odyssey but he was not the one that put in onto paper The Ionic script in which the Iliad and the Odyssey were handed down came into official use only in the fifth century BC We know scarcely anything of its previous history Homer 6 Due to this fact many could conclude that his epic manuscripts could date as late as the second half of the eighth century where it is speculated was the actual time of Homer and when these epics were written by his hand or the hands of someone else Homer 6Another theory on the Iliad and the Odyssey is that they are a result of a long evolution in oral tradition This is a valid point when you take into effect the association of Homer with oral tradition because it becomes clearer in the relation between the two as ancient singers expressed in lament the fame of the dead and praise of the living which are chief ends of heroic literature These men that were sung and written about
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