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Homer, Troy, "The Iliad" & "The Odyssey"

While everything said about Homer is subject to debate, the popular opinion is that he was a blind bard who composed and recited The Iliad and The Odyssey a few hundred years after the events described.
  1. Helen of Troy
  2. Homer Study Guides (33)
  3. Homeric Hymns (28)
  4. Iliad (42)
  5. Odyssey (34)
  6. Trojan War

Homer - The Starting Point
The sections of this page cover Homer, the Judgment of Paris, the abduction of Helen, the action of the Trojan War, the Trojan Horse, the return of the Greek heroes, and Homeric Society.

Life and Work of Homer - Biography of Homer, the Iliad and Odyssey
Homer is the most important figure in the literature of the Greeks and Romans, and one of the most important writers in the history of the world. Read details about Homer and his epics, the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey".

Homer - The Greek Bard Homer
Credited with writing the great epics about the Trojan War, the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey," Homer is called a bard or sometimes the blind bard. Read basic information about the man at the start of the ancient Greek literary tradition.

Trojan War Email Course
Find out about Homer, Helen, the apple of discord, the heroes of the Trojan War, and the role of the gods and goddesses in this ancient legendary battle. You will receive one lesson a week.

"World of Odysseus" - Finley, M.I.
A vital, classic work on Homer and the "Odyssey" that should be required reading for anyone studying Homer. If that weren't enough to make you rush out to buy it, it's short and easy to read.

Epic Terms
This quick tip introduces you to technical terms you should know when reading Homer's epics.

The Trojan War: A New History, by Barry Strauss
Review of The Trojan War: A New History, by Barry Strauss, which is like a companion guide to the Iliad of Homer.

Homeric Texts -The Iliad, Odyssey, and Homeric Hymns
Here are English translations of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey" as well as other works attributed to Homer. Most of these Homeric texts in the public domain.

Summary of the Chapters of Barry Strauss' 'Trojan War: A New History'
"Trojan War: A New History," by Barry Strauss, re-examines the Iliad of Homer and other works of the epic cycle, as well as archaeological evidence and written material about the Bronze Age in the Near East, to present evidence that the Trojan War actually did take place much as Homer describes it.

Homeric Epithet
An Homeric Epithet is a mnemonic device used in the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey" to help the poet (Homer) make his words suit his meter.

Homeric Questions
From your Guide and the Archaeology Guide, a series of features on Homer, The Iliad, The Odyssey, Schliemann, Troy, the excavations and the scholarship.

Who Wrote the Homeric Hymns?
One Homeric questions is "Who wrote the Homeric Hymns?". Here you'll find a short explanation of the Homeric Hymns, and when it is thought they were written.

Laertes is the father of Odysseus in the Odyssey.

Calypso is one of the tempting immortal women Odysseus faces in the Odyssey.

The Muse of Epic Poetry
The Muse is a character addressed in epic poetry.

An epithet is a literary nickname.

Oral Tradition
An oral tradition is a method of keeping a culture alive without relying on writing or recording media.

Iliad - The Books of Homer's Iliad
The Iliad, traditionally ascribed to Homer, is conventionally divided into 24 books.

Who Are the Lotus Eaters?
The companions of Odysseus come across the lotus-eaters in the ninth book of the Odyssey.

Who Was the Most Important Greek Writer
Of the writers of Greek mythology, one was most important for the Greeks.

Homer and the Papyri
Steady influx of newly available Homeric papyri with variant readings makes this Internet catalogue useful for students of the Iliad and the Odyssey. A downloadable Greek font (Athenian) is included.

Who Killed Homer
Conversation between David Gergen and the authors of the book leaves you wondering which ten books suffice for classical culture.

Homer, Epic: Bibliography
Some Bibliography on Homer's place within the genre of ancient Epic poetry.

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