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In the Western classical tradition, Homer is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.
When he lived is unknown. Herodotus estimates that Homer lived 400 years before his own time, which would place him at around 850 BC, while other ancient sources claim that he lived much nearer to the supposed time of the Trojan War, in the early 12th century BC. Most modern researchers place Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BC.
Mock heroics from the ancient Greek. The attribution to Homer is doubted by some. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
The Odyssey of Homer (1929)
This prose translation of the Odyssey aims to convey the full force of the Greek original.
The Story of Odysseus (1937)
The Odyssey of Homer.