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The Iliad—like its sequel, the Odyssey—is attributed to the ancient Greek poet Homer. There is some debate as to who Homer really was, and some scholars think these two works were written by more than one person.

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The Iliad—like its sequel, the Odyssey—is attributed to the ancient Greek poet Homer. There is some debate as to who Homer really was, and some scholars think these two works were written by more than one person.

It is believed that the poems were passed down from generation to generation as part of the Greek oral storytelling tradition. The Iliad was then put into writing by the poet known as Homer some time around 700 BCE.

Both poems have been translated into countless languages and are still considered to be two of the greatest and most influential works of literature ever written.

The Iliad tells the story of the Trojan War and the warrior Achilles, who is considered one of the best Greek heroes and meets an early death in battle. The Odyssey opens after the decade-long Trojan War. It tells the story of Odysseus, a Greek hero who makes a long and difficult journey home to Ithaca, where he is eventually reunited with his wife, Penelope, and his son, Telemachus.

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The Greek poet Homer wrote The Iliad. An epic poet, Homer wrote The Odyssey as well. These epics tell the story of the Trojan War and Odysseus' journey home after the war, respectively. Although historians disagree over the dates of his lifetime, most scholars agree that he was born sometime bewteen 850 and 750 BCE. Some believe that he was a native of Asia Minor while others assert that he was from Chios.

Homer was blind and had his "professional" start as either a story teller or a court singer.

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