Question: Who Was the Most Important Greek Writer
Which writer of Greek mythology was most important to the Greeks?
This is one question about Greek history that is actually easy to answer. In a word, Homer. One of the 20th century Classical scholars, M.I. Finley, has the following to say about the importance of Homer:
"No other poet, no other literary figure in all history for that matter, occupied a place in the life of his people such as Homer's. He was their pre-eminent symbol of nationhood, the unimpeachable authority on their earliest history, and a decisive figure in the creation of their pantheon.... Plato [Republic 606E] tells us that there were Greeks who firmly believed that ... a man ought to regulate the whole of his life by following this poet." p. 5 The World of Odysseus, by M.I. Finley.
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