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The Mysterious Mr. Homer

No one knows exactly when the Greek poet Homer lived. Herodotus, the father of history, guessed around 850 BC. Other ancient sources proposed that he was conjuring up transcendent imagery as early as the 12th century BC. Modern researchers, however, appear to place Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BC. The dates, as you

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Homer the Poet and Fate – Part One

by A. P. David What is the role of ‘fate’ in Homer’s Iliad? My late teacher David Grene used to say that fate in ancient Greek usage was only ever about 95{4bbaa3f7fb53ef70ccd4c15050030176e310cee5f8f4a0b9db4276a824dd3e40} certain. That is to say, there was always that little bit of wiggle room, and hence a feeling of possibility and choice. Without

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