By N.S. Gill
Homer is the greatest Greek poet and the traditional author of the two epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey. If he ever lived, Homer may have been born in the 8th century B.C. (although there have long been arguments about his dates) on the western coast of the Aegean, in Asia Minor, in any of a number of cities. smyrna appears the favorite. He is said to have had twonchildren, both daughters. Homer is referred to as blind and since he is part of the oral tradition of poetry and story-telling, he is called a bard. Aoidoi or rhapsodes who sang in his tradition are named Homeridai for him.