Homer’S Two Tales, The Iliad And The Odyssey, Are Both

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Homer’s two tales, the Iliad and the Odyssey, are both incredibly well known and widely taught across the world and at many different levels of education. Some call Homer the “greatest poet to ever live” and although this can be disputed his works truly speak for themselves and have braved the test of time quite well. This paper will cover who/whom Homer is as a person, or persons, and the time period of his writings, the truths versus the dramatizations of the Iliad and Odyssey, how the author’s perspective and writings portray ancient Greek culture, along with how the two of them interact with our culture today. Homer is a name that needs little introduction, but to understand ones works you must first possess the right knowledge of…show more content…
The proof for such a theory comes from the diversity of narrative style, ethics, vocabulary, theology, geographical perspective, and written construction across the two epics, yet there is still much mystery to this day. My informed viewpoint on Homer and the epics written is that “Homer” was likely a few people, 2 – 3, who over time wrote down the stories they heard and made them fit together and passed it on. Then the last person gathered up all the previous peoples works formed two large epic poems, made up of both fact and fiction. First of Homers two poetic epics is the Iliad, based on the Trojan War. It is definitely the more realistic of the two poems yet is still heavily influenced by fictitious elements such as divine intervention and the mythical creatures mentioned. The Trojan War is considered to be historical fact by most this day and age with Homer’s account being one of the most influential, but how accurate is his information? Bronze Age Greece is the setting for most of the Iliad; scholars have criticized whether the location and events were fact for decades. Yet fairly recently one man has discovered that the Iliad presents an accurate account of the geography of Ancient Troy. His name

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