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Wikipedia Summary for Homer

Homer (Ancient Greek: Ὅμηρος [hómɛːros], Hómēros) was an ancient Greek author and epic poet. He is the reputed author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the two epic poems that are the foundational works of ancient Greek literature. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential writers of all time.

The Iliad is set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy by a coalition of Mycenaean Greek kingdoms. It focuses on a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles lasting a few weeks during the last year of the war. The Odyssey focuses on the ten-year journey home of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, after the fall of Troy. Many accounts of Homer's life circulated in classical antiquity, the most widespread being that he was a blind bard from Ionia, a region of central coastal Anatolia in present-day Turkey. Modern scholars consider these accounts legendary.

The Homeric Question—concerning by whom, when, where and under what circumstances the Iliad and Odyssey were composed—continues to be debated. Some scholars consider that the two works were written by different authors. It is generally accepted that the poems were composed at some point around the late eighth or early seventh century BC.

The poems are in Homeric Greek, also known as Epic Greek, a literary language which shows a mixture of features of the Ionic and Aeolic dialects from different centuries; the predominant influence is Eastern Ionic. Most researchers believe that the poems were originally transmitted orally. From antiquity until the present day, the influence of Homeric epic on Western civilization has been great, inspiring many of its most famous works of literature, music, art and film. The Homeric epics were the greatest influence on ancient Greek culture and education; to Plato, Homer was simply the one who "has taught Greece" (ten Hellada pepaideuken).

Quote: Wisdom never lies. by author Homer overlaid on photo of 2 women standing on brown field during daytime
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Wisdom never lies.


Even the bravest cannot fight beyond his power.


Quote: It is not right to exult over slain men. by author Homer overlaid on photo of five black and gray jets close-up photography
Photo Credit: Lawrence Hookham

It is not right to exult over slain men.


Quote: A decent boldness ever meets with friends. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

A decent boldness ever meets with friends.


Quote: There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep. by author Homer overlaid on photo of water color palette on white surface
Photo Credit: Elena Mozhvilo

There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.


Quote: A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother. by author Homer overlaid on photo of close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset
Photo Credit: Tyler Nix

A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother.


Quote: Clanless, lawless, homeless is he who is in love with civil war, that brutal ferocious thing. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Clanless, lawless, homeless is he who is in love with civil war, that brutal ferocious thing.


Quote: Without TV, it's hard to know when one day ends and another begins. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Without TV, it's hard to know when one day ends and another begins.


Quote: Our value lies in what we are and what we have been, not in our ability to recite the recent past. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Our value lies in what we are and what we have been, not in our ability to recite the recent past.


Quote: Servants, when their lords no longer sway, Their minds no more to righteous courses bend. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Servants, when their lords no longer sway, Their minds no more to righteous courses bend.


Quote: By their own follies they perished, the fools. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

By their own follies they perished, the fools.


Quote: Tell me, muse, of the of many resources who wandered far and wide after he sacked the holy citadel of Troy, and he saw the cities and learned the thoughts of many men, and on the sea he suffered in his heart many woes. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Tell me, muse, of the of many resources who wandered far and wide after he sacked the holy citadel of Troy, and he saw the cities and learned the thoughts of many men, and on the sea he suffered in his heart many woes.


Quote: The rule of the many is not well. One must be chief In war and one the king. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

The rule of the many is not well. One must be chief In war and one the king.


Quote: Youth is quick in feeling but weak in judgement. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Youth is quick in feeling but weak in judgement.


Quote: A generation of men is like a generation of leaves: the wind scatters some leaves upon the ground, while others the burgeoning wood brings forth -- and the season of spring comes on. So of men one generation springs forth and another ceases. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

A generation of men is like a generation of leaves: the wind scatters some leaves upon the ground, while others the burgeoning wood brings forth -- and the season of spring comes on. So of men one generation springs forth and another ceases.


Quote: A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother.


Quote: The force of union conquers all. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

The force of union conquers all.


Quote: The whims of youth break all the rules. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

The whims of youth break all the rules.


Quote: The proof of battle is action, proof of words, debate. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

The proof of battle is action, proof of words, debate.


Quote: Wine can of their wits the wise beguile,
Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Wine can of their wits the wise beguile,
Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.


Quote: Victory shifts, you know, now one man, now another. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Victory shifts, you know, now one man, now another.


Quote: Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow
For other's good, and melt at other's woe. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow
For other's good, and melt at other's woe.


Quote: A man who has been through bitter experiences and travelled far enjoys even his sufferings after a time. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

A man who has been through bitter experiences and travelled far enjoys even his sufferings after a time.


Quote: The strength even of weak men when united avails much. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

The strength even of weak men when united avails much.


Quote: Like strength is felt from hope, and from despair. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Like strength is felt from hope, and from despair.


Quote: Sleep, delicious and profound, the very counterfeit of death. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Sleep, delicious and profound, the very counterfeit of death.


Quote: Son, I know this seems like the biggest disappointment of your life, but trust me, there are going to be so many more. What you've got to remember is... Oh my God, 13 men in the field! Review it, review it, review it! Yes! Play stands! by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Son, I know this seems like the biggest disappointment of your life, but trust me, there are going to be so many more. What you've got to remember is... Oh my God, 13 men in the field! Review it, review it, review it! Yes! Play stands!


Quote: Who would've guessed reading and writing would pay off? by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Who would've guessed reading and writing would pay off?


Quote: Son, stamp collecting is like life. It stopped being fun a long time ago. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Son, stamp collecting is like life. It stopped being fun a long time ago.


Quote: It's okay, Marge. I learned my lesson. A mountain of sugar is too much for one man. That is why God dispenses it in those tiny packets and he lives on a plantation in Hawaii. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

It's okay, Marge. I learned my lesson. A mountain of sugar is too much for one man. That is why God dispenses it in those tiny packets and he lives on a plantation in Hawaii.


Quote: It's in Hell, the Inferno, Perdition, Arizona without the golf. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

It's in Hell, the Inferno, Perdition, Arizona without the golf.


Quote: Marge, don't discourage the boy. Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals, except the weasel. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Marge, don't discourage the boy. Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals, except the weasel.


Quote: I thought I had an appetite for destruction ... but all I wanted was a club sandwich. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

I thought I had an appetite for destruction ... but all I wanted was a club sandwich.


Quote: You know, Marge, that Bart is a little miracle -- his winning smile, his button nose, his fat little stomach, his face alight with wholesome mischief. He reminds me of me before the weight of the world crushed my spirit. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

You know, Marge, that Bart is a little miracle -- his winning smile, his button nose, his fat little stomach, his face alight with wholesome mischief. He reminds me of me before the weight of the world crushed my spirit.


Quote: Stop in the name of a Private Citizen with no connection to the Law! by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Stop in the name of a Private Citizen with no connection to the Law!


Quote: Oh, God gets your papers, but he just clicks delete without reading them, like email updates from Linkedln. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Oh, God gets your papers, but he just clicks delete without reading them, like email updates from Linkedln.


Quote: Oh, Marge, I can't stand it when you cry at dinner. The pork chops look traumatized, the mashed potatoes can't stand to watch, even the children seem upset. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Oh, Marge, I can't stand it when you cry at dinner. The pork chops look traumatized, the mashed potatoes can't stand to watch, even the children seem upset.


Quote: Television! Teacher, mother, secret lover. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Television! Teacher, mother, secret lover.


Quote: Thank you, magical creatures of the mall! You have all taught me a Christmas message I'll never forget. The place to get drunk is at home. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Thank you, magical creatures of the mall! You have all taught me a Christmas message I'll never forget. The place to get drunk is at home.


Quote: Son, when you participate in sporting events, it's not whether you win or lose; it's how drunk you get. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Son, when you participate in sporting events, it's not whether you win or lose; it's how drunk you get.


Quote: I think Smithers picked me because of my motivational skills. Everyone says they have to work a lot harder when I'm around. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

I think Smithers picked me because of my motivational skills. Everyone says they have to work a lot harder when I'm around.


Quote: If a man obeys the gods they're quick to hear his prayers. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

If a man obeys the gods they're quick to hear his prayers.


Quote: Each future day increase of wealth shall bring,
And o'er the past Oblivion stretch her wing. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Each future day increase of wealth shall bring,
And o'er the past Oblivion stretch her wing.


Quote: Old Night ... can overpower all gods and mortal men. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Old Night ... can overpower all gods and mortal men.


Quote: Whatever sorrows may be thy doom, bear them with patience, if necessity entail them. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Whatever sorrows may be thy doom, bear them with patience, if necessity entail them.


Quote: But strong of limb
And swift of foot misfortune is, and, far
Outstripping all, comes first to every land,
And there wreaks evil on mankind, which prayers
Do afterwards redress. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

But strong of limb
And swift of foot misfortune is, and, far
Outstripping all, comes first to every land,
And there wreaks evil on mankind, which prayers
Do afterwards redress.


Quote: Twins even from their birth are misery and men. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Twins even from their birth are misery and men.


Quote: Ah how shameless -- the way these mortals blame the gods. From us alone they say come all their miseries yes but they themselves with their own reckless ways compound their pains beyond their proper share. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Ah how shameless -- the way these mortals blame the gods. From us alone they say come all their miseries yes but they themselves with their own reckless ways compound their pains beyond their proper share.


Quote: There is nothing alive more agonized than man of all that breathe and crawl across the earth. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

There is nothing alive more agonized than man of all that breathe and crawl across the earth.


Quote: Who dares think one thing, and another tell,
My heart detests him as the gates of hell. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Who dares think one thing, and another tell,
My heart detests him as the gates of hell.


Quote: Do not trust to hope. It has forsaken these lands. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Do not trust to hope. It has forsaken these lands.


Quote: I do not doubt his heart, only the reach of his arm. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

I do not doubt his heart, only the reach of his arm.


Quote: The rule
Of the many is not well. One must be chief
In war and one the king. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

The rule
Of the many is not well. One must be chief
In war and one the king.


Quote: Grief tears his heart, and drives him to and fro,
In all the raging impotence of woe. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Grief tears his heart, and drives him to and fro,
In all the raging impotence of woe.


Quote: When soldiers break and run, good-bye glory. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

When soldiers break and run, good-bye glory.


Quote: Not hate, but glory, made these chiefs contend;
And each brave foe was in his soul a friend. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Not hate, but glory, made these chiefs contend;
And each brave foe was in his soul a friend.


Quote: Then shine the vales, the rocks in prospect rise,
A flood of glory bursts from all the skies. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Then shine the vales, the rocks in prospect rise,
A flood of glory bursts from all the skies.


Quote: Rare gift! but oh, what gift to fools avails! by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Rare gift! but oh, what gift to fools avails!


Quote: The gods won't give us all their gifts at once. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

The gods won't give us all their gifts at once.


Quote: For a friend with an understanding heart is worth no less than a brother. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

For a friend with an understanding heart is worth no less than a brother.


Quote: And fate? No one alive has ever escaped it,

																neither brave man nor coward, I tell you -- 

																it's born with us the day that we are born. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

And fate? No one alive has ever escaped it,

neither brave man nor coward, I tell you --

it's born with us the day that we are born.


Quote: That is the gods' work, spinning threads of death

																	through the lives of mortal men,

																	an all to make a song for those to come. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

That is the gods' work, spinning threads of death

through the lives of mortal men,

an all to make a song for those to come.


Quote: Death submits to no one. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Death submits to no one.


Quote: But the great leveler, Death: not even the gods

																can defend a man, not even one they love, that day

																when fate takes hold and lays him out at last. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

But the great leveler, Death: not even the gods

can defend a man, not even one they love, that day

when fate takes hold and lays him out at last.


Quote: A cruel heart ill suits a manly mind. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

A cruel heart ill suits a manly mind.


Quote: The worst cowards, banded together, have their power. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

The worst cowards, banded together, have their power.


Quote: To heal divisions, to relieve th' oppress'd,
In virtue rich; in blessing others, bless'd. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

To heal divisions, to relieve th' oppress'd,
In virtue rich; in blessing others, bless'd.


Quote: See now, how men lay blame upon us gods for what is after all nothing but their own folly. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

See now, how men lay blame upon us gods for what is after all nothing but their own folly.


Quote: In ev'ry sorrowing soul I pour'd delight,
And poverty stood smiling in my sight. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

In ev'ry sorrowing soul I pour'd delight,
And poverty stood smiling in my sight.


Quote: A shamefaced man makes a bad beggar. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

A shamefaced man makes a bad beggar.


Quote: But when Aurora, daughter of the dawn,
With rosy lustre purpled o'er the lawn. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

But when Aurora, daughter of the dawn,
With rosy lustre purpled o'er the lawn.


Quote: Unruly murmurs, or ill-timed applause
Wrong the best speaker, and the justest cause. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Unruly murmurs, or ill-timed applause
Wrong the best speaker, and the justest cause.


Quote: Hear I the blatant appetite demand
Due sustenance, and with a voice that drowns
E'en all my suff'rings, till itself be fill'd. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Hear I the blatant appetite demand
Due sustenance, and with a voice that drowns
E'en all my suff'rings, till itself be fill'd.


Quote: Out of sight, out of mind. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Out of sight, out of mind.


Quote: Achilles absent, was Achilles still. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Achilles absent, was Achilles still.


Quote: Of men who have a sense of honor, more come through alive than are slain, but from those who flee comes neither glory nor any help. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Of men who have a sense of honor, more come through alive than are slain, but from those who flee comes neither glory nor any help.


Quote: Heaven hears and pities hapless men like me, For sacred ev'n to gods is misery. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Heaven hears and pities hapless men like me, For sacred ev'n to gods is misery.


Quote: The melancholy joys of evils pass'd, For he who much has suffer'd, much will know. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

The melancholy joys of evils pass'd, For he who much has suffer'd, much will know.


Quote: Unextinguished laughter shakes the skies. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Unextinguished laughter shakes the skies.


Quote: You've injured me, Farshooter, most deadly of the gods; 
And I'd punish you, if I had the power. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

You've injured me, Farshooter, most deadly of the gods;
And I'd punish you, if I had the power.


Quote: We're goin bowling. If we don't come back, avenge our deaths. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

We're goin bowling. If we don't come back, avenge our deaths.


Quote: This year I invested in pumpkins. They've been going up the whole month of October and I got a feeling they're going to peak right around January. Then bang! That's when I'll cash in. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

This year I invested in pumpkins. They've been going up the whole month of October and I got a feeling they're going to peak right around January. Then bang! That's when I'll cash in.


Quote: I detest the man who hides one thing in the depths of his heart and speaks forth another. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

I detest the man who hides one thing in the depths of his heart and speaks forth another.


Quote: The man does better who runs from disaster than he who is caught by it. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

The man does better who runs from disaster than he who is caught by it.


Quote: Few sons attain the praise Of their great sires and most their sires disgrace. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Few sons attain the praise Of their great sires and most their sires disgrace.


Quote: I won't lie to you, fatherhood isn't easy like motherhood. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

I won't lie to you, fatherhood isn't easy like motherhood.


Quote: She threw into the wine which they were drinking a drug which takes away grief and passion and brings forgetfulness of all ills. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

She threw into the wine which they were drinking a drug which takes away grief and passion and brings forgetfulness of all ills.


Quote: The hearts of the great can be changed. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

The hearts of the great can be changed.


Quote: Goddess of song, teach me the story of a hero. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Goddess of song, teach me the story of a hero.


Quote: The hearts of great men can be changed. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

The hearts of great men can be changed.


Quote: Do thou restrain the haughty spirit in thy breast, for better far is gentle courtesy. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Do thou restrain the haughty spirit in thy breast, for better far is gentle courtesy.


Quote: After the event, even a fool is wise. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

After the event, even a fool is wise.


Quote: The son of Peleus pressed on in search of glory, bespattering his unconquerable hands with gore. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

The son of Peleus pressed on in search of glory, bespattering his unconquerable hands with gore.


Quote: I, for one, know of no sweeter sight for a man's eyes than his own country. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

I, for one, know of no sweeter sight for a man's eyes than his own country.


Quote: Nothing is more miserable than man, Of all upon the earth that breathes and creeps. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Nothing is more miserable than man, Of all upon the earth that breathes and creeps.


Quote: And what if one of the gods does wreck me out on the wine-dark sea? I have a heart that is inured to suffering and I shall steel it to endure that too. For in my day I have had many bitter and painful experiences in war and on the stormy seas. So let this new disaster come. It only makes one more. by author Homer overlaid on photo of Homer quote: And what if one of the gods does wreck me out on the wine-dark sea? I have a heart that is inured to suffering and I shall steel it to endure that too. For in my day I have had many bitter and painful experiences in war and on the stormy seas. So let this new disaster come. It only makes one more.- black text on quotes background

And what if one of the gods does wreck me out on the wine-dark sea? I have a heart that is inured to suffering and I shall steel it to endure that too. For in my day I have had many bitter and painful experiences in war and on the stormy seas. So let this new disaster come. It only makes one more.


Quote: Must you have battle in your heart forever? The bloody toil of combat? Old contender, will you not yield to the immortal gods? That nightmare cannot die, being eternal evil itself -- horror, and pain, and chaos; there is no fighting her, no power can fight her. All that avails is flight. by author Homer overlaid on photo of Homer quote: Must you have battle in your heart forever? The bloody toil of combat? Old contender, will you not yield to the immortal gods? That nightmare cannot die, being eternal evil itself -- horror, and pain, and chaos; there is no fighting her, no power can fight her. All that avails is flight.- black text on quotes background

Must you have battle in your heart forever? The bloody toil of combat? Old contender, will you not yield to the immortal gods? That nightmare cannot die, being eternal evil itself -- horror, and pain, and chaos; there is no fighting her, no power can fight her. All that avails is flight.


Quote: Take courage, my heart: you have been through worse than this. Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier; I have seen worse sights than this. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Take courage, my heart: you have been through worse than this. Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier; I have seen worse sights than this.


Quote: Most grievous of all deaths it is to die of hunger. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

Most grievous of all deaths it is to die of hunger.


Quote: However, what is done is better left alone, though we resent it still, and we must curb our hearts perforce...as for my death, when Zeus and the other deathless gods appoint it, let it come. by author Homer overlaid on photo of photo of author Homer with quote

However, what is done is better left alone, though we resent it still, and we must curb our hearts perforce...as for my death, when Zeus and the other deathless gods appoint it, let it come.


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