Professor Reagan C. Smith
Humanities Greek/ Roman
3 June 2011
Homer and The Impact He Has Left Behind
Homer can be said one of the greatest poets perhaps even literarily genius of all time. If you can get past the part that Homer may or not even be a person at all. There is no concrete knowledge of even his existence but scholars would say that it is safe to assume if he did existed it would be around 8-9 century BCE. Most likely he would be from the Island of Chios due to the writing style of the Iliad. One thing we do know is that whatever this Homer character is he has largely contributed to many writers, poets, and philosophy after his time. Homer also gives generally pretty accurate accounts of true history of that time just of his nobles the Iliad and the Odyssey. The legacy of the mysterious character Homer will always be remember for his historical accounts and the psychology of the people of that time.
There have been different views on the legitimacy of homer. One position that historians have is the possibilities that a Homer might have never even existed at all rather the Iliad and the Odyssey was created after poets or bards who revised it over the years many times before it got finalized when it got written down at 600 BCE. There are those who believe that the writings of the Iliad and the Odyssey are too distinct to be of the same author mostly due to the shift on focus of the two stories. But however many
historians feel as if there is enough consistency in writing styles between the Iliad and the Odyssey to be of the same author.
However there is strong archeological evidence that demonstrates perhaps the Iliad and the Odyssey are not entire work of fiction according to archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. The archaeologist found by using Homers epics as a guide he was able to find that these events actually took place in real life. The evidence was found at the new modern day cities that now reside over Troy and Greece etc....
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