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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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