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The Odyssey is one of only a few epics still in existence today An epic is a long narrative poem which focuses on the lives and struggles of a great hero or heroes Homer used many literary techniques to make his poetry more fully understood He was very versed in his Greek gods and uses them as great heroes The Odyssey was written approximately 2500 years ago Top scholars have spent much time attempting to confirm who created these epics The Odyssey and The Iliad when they were written and where they were written These scholars have made their educated guesses however they are not all in agreement as to exactly where these two masterpieces have come from Today scholars are still disputing over who really wrote The Odyssey and The Iliad There are notable differences between the two as far as the language and the styles This difference has forced some scholars to the conclusion that maybe the epics were authored by a group of people verses a single authorship Those who hold to this belief feel this way because the The Odyssey is less heroic and more lifelike The majority however favor the opinion that both The Iliad and The Odyssey were in fact authored by a single person and that single person being a man named Homer They believe that the differences in his style can be attributed to his advancing years and that the more passionate Iliad was a work of his youth The people of Greece hold to the belief that a man named Homer wrote both The Iliad and The Odyssey No one is sure of his birthplace There are seven different Grecian cities who claim to be the birthplace of Homer and his home The most common belief is that Homer came from the island of Chios which is just off the western coast of Asia Minor It is believed that Homer
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