“... But Odysseus / in his heart had pity for his wife as she mourned him, / but his eyes stayed, as if they were made of horn or iron, / steady under his lids. He hid his tears and deceived her” (Homer, The Odyssey, Book 19. 209-12).
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.