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Homer principal figure of ancient Greek literature the first European poet1 Works Life and Legends Two epic poems are attributed to Homer the Iliad and the Odyssey They are composed in a literary type of Greek Ionic in basis with Aeolic admixtures Ranked among the great works of Western literature these two poems together constitute the prototype for all subsequent Western epic poetry2 The Homeric question was the great dispute of scholarship in the 19th cent Scholars tried to analyze the two works by various tests usually to show that they were strung together from older narrative poems Recent evidence strongly suggests that the Iliad is the work of a single poet Modern scholars are generally agreed that there was a poet named Homer who lived before 700 BC probably in Asia Minor and that the Iliad and the Odyssey are each the product of one poets work developed out of older legendary matter Some assign the Odyssey to a poet who lived slightly after the author of the Iliad3 Legends about Homer were numerous in ancient times He was said to be blind His birthplace has always been disputed but Chios or Smyrna seem most likely The study of Homer was required of all Greek students in antiquity and his heroes were worshipped in many parts of Greece The Iliad and the Odyssey are composed in dactylic hexameter and are of nearly the same length 4 The Iliad Divided into 24 books the Iliad tells of the wrath of Achilles and its tragic consequences an episode in the Trojan War The action is in several sections Achilles quarrels with Agamemnon over possession of the captive woman Briseis and Achilles retires from the war to sulk in his tent The Greek position gradually weakens until Agamemnon offers amendment to Achilles Books IIX Book X tells of an expedition by Odysseus and Diomedes leading to Greek reverses in the war Thereupon
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