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"I have gone through what no other mortal on earth has gone through; / I put my lips to the hands of the man who has killed my children" (Homer, The Iliad, Book 24.505-06).

The Iliad



800 BCE – 650 BCE
Dates are approximate

Homer is the name associated since antiquity with the authorship of the Iliad and Odyssey, the so-called Homeric Hymns, and some other poems (mostly not extant). Nothing is recorded of him as a historical person; ancient biographical accounts contain nothing reliable, being compilations from apocryphal stories, competing local claims, and imaginative inferences from the poems.


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