The Iliad And The Odyssey

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Homer once said, “Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.” (The Iliad pg.405) The quote is relevant to the stories Homer created during the period of the Trojan War. Homer orally performed two of his best works The Iliad and The Odyssey. Homer’s stories are old and probably translated differently than their original telling. Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey still show the basic human emotions and are an inspiration to other authors, poets, and oral presenters. Homer was forgotten, but now Homer’s existence is almost legend. According to Cynthia Shelmerdine, August Wolf Friedrich, a German scholar, debated that more than one person wrote The Iliad and The Odyssey. Wolf believed that The Iliad and The Odyssey were written by more than one author.Friedrich said that there was no proof that the Greeks knew how to write when Homer was alive. Wolf also believed that the long poems such as The Iliad and The Odyssey could not have been written without knowledge of writing tablets or any other mechanism. The unitarians, people who opposed Friedrich’s theories and his critics, believed the works, The Iliad, and The Odyssey were composed of one genius or two poets. At the end of the argument, it was at a standstill, but the controversy is still up for debate. Today the argument is known as “The Homeric Question” (Shelmerdine 304). Homer 's writings were brutal and too mature for the younger readers. [For example, When

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