Who was Homer - ANCH paper 1

Who was Homer - ANCH paper 1 - Nikolaos Loumidis Ancient...

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Nikolaos Loumidis Ancient Greece Commentary #1 Who wrote the Illiad? The Iliad was written by Homer, a 8 th -9 th century BC poet whose life still remains a mystery to us today. It is not certain if Homer ever actually existed, or if the name ‘Homer’ has been used to represent the author of the epics, whether that was a single person, two different poets, or an entire school of poetry. What is interesting about both the Iliad and the Odyssey is that they were originally oral poems. This means that for centuries, starting from the Bronze Age and all the way to the Archaic Period, the stories were passed on verbally from generation to generation, a technique that was particularly popular at the time. On the way, the story was influenced by traditions and beliefs, resulting in a book that was an essential part of both religion and of the upbringing of children, as the stories were used to convey virtues like honor, glory, heroism and revenge. The original stories across the centuries went through constant
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ANCH 026 taught by Professor Mcinerny during the Fall '07 term at UPenn.

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