The Illiad by Homer: Homer The Ancient Inspiration

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A wise man once said, “Like that star of the waning summer who beyond all stars rises bathed in the ocean stream to glitter with brilliance” (Homer 22). This is a beautiful line from Homer’s The Iliad. It is a comparison to the stars describing someone or something that stands out amongst an ordinary crowd and proves himself. This seems to fit Homer’s description perfectly. Despite the fact that his life was a mystery, Homer, “The teacher of Greece”, is legendary due to the multiple theories about his existence, his poems, and his beliefs. To begin, Homer had a very incomprehensible life that scholars have been researching for many years. One historian stated, “In the absence of documented evidence, beginning in the Renaissance, disputes arose over exactly when Homer had lived and how he had composed these works. Some scholars even suggest that a historical Homer had never existed and that The Iliad and The Odyssey had evolved over time with input from many unidentified poets” (Zanker 15). Although the time range of Homer’s life remains unknown, some place Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries B.C, or at a time contemporary to The Iliad. It is most commonly said that he was born in Asia Minor, but specifically Ionia or the Island of Chios. The dialect of The Iliad is considered to be Ionic. Homer’s unknown past led to many inquiries about his life and his true identity. Next, because of Homer’s puzzling background, there are many theories as to who Homer really was. One

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