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Homer

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April 22, 0750

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In the Western classical tradition, Homer (Greek: Όμηρος) is considered the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.
When he lived is unknown. Herodotus estimates that Homer lived 400 years before his own time, which would place him at around 850 BCE, while other ancient sources claim that he lived much nearer to the supposed time of the Trojan War, in the early 12th century BCE. Most modern researchers place Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BCE.
The formative influence of the Homeric epics in shaping Greek culture was widely recognized, and Homer was des
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“Of all creatures that breathe and move upon the earth, nothing is bred that is weaker than man.”
Homer, The Odyssey

“…There is the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of Longing, the lover’s whisper, irresistible—magic to make the sanest man go mad.”
Homer, The Iliad

“Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.”
Homer, The Iliad

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September 2015 Old School Classic Poll

1857, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, 329 pages
 
  32 votes, 21.3%

 
  24 votes, 16.0%

 
  22 votes, 14.7%

-850, The Odyssey by Homer, 560 pages
 
  19 votes, 12.7%

 
  15 votes, 10.0%

1853, Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell, 432 pages
 
  9 votes, 6.0%

1880, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, 352 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.3%

1887, The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy, 464 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.7%

1833, Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac, 200 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.7%

 
  4 votes, 2.7%

 
  3 votes, 2.0%

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