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Homer

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Homer (Greek ?μηρος Homeros) was a legendary early Greek poet and rhapsode traditionally credited with authorship of the major Greek epics Iliad and Odyssey, the comic mini-epic Batrachomyomachia ("The Frog-Mouse War"), the corpus of Homeric Hymns, and various other lost or fragmentary works such as Margites. A few ancient authors credited him with the entire Epic Cycle, which included further poems on the Trojan War as well as the Theban poems about Oedipus and his sons.

Tradition held that Homer was blind, and various Ionian cities are claimed to be his birthplace, but otherwise his biography is a blank slate. There is considerable scholarly debate about whether or not Homer was actually a real person, or the name given to one or more oral poets who sang traditional epic material.

It has repeatedly been questioned whether the same poet was responsible for both the Iliad and the Odyssey; the Batrachomyomachia, Homeric hymns and cyclic poems are generally agreed to be later than these two epic poems.
Texts by Homer, included in our collection:
Iliad (Rapsodies 1 to 6) | Iliad (Rapsodies 7 to 12) | Iliad (Rapsodies 13 to 18) | Iliad (Rapsodies 19 to 24) | Odyssey (Rapsodies 1 to 6) | Odyssey (Rapsodies 7 to 12) | Odyssey (Rapsodies 13 to 18) | Odyssey (Rapsodies 19 to 24) |
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