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Homer


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April 14, 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.”
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“Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.”
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Fourth Quarter 2014 Long Read

1862, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, 1463 pages
 
  35 votes, 19.9%

 
  25 votes, 14.2%

1954, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1178 pages
 
  24 votes, 13.6%

1872, Middlemarch by George Eliot, 904 pages
 
  20 votes, 11.4%

 
  17 votes, 9.7%

1874, The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, 723 pages
 
  11 votes, 6.3%

800 BC, The Iliad by Homer, 683 pages
 
  11 votes, 6.3%

1957, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, 1168 pages
 
  10 votes, 5.7%

1993, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, 1474 pages
 
  8 votes, 4.5%

1996, Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, 1079 pages
 
  8 votes, 4.5%

 
  5 votes, 2.8%

 
  2 votes, 1.1%

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