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Homer and the Odyssey. Homer. A Greek poet Iliad, the story of the siege of Troy The Odyssey, the tale of Ulysses’ wanderings Probably born in a Greek colony in Asia Originally thought to have lived around 1200 BC. Homer continued.

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homer
Homer
  • A Greek poet
    • Iliad, the story of the siege of Troy
    • The Odyssey, the tale of Ulysses’ wanderings
  • Probably born in a Greek colony in Asia
  • Originally thought to have lived around 1200 BC
homer continued
Homer continued
  • Works based on common ballads and modified for his stories
  • Followers were called the Homeridae
  • All of this is supposition
    • Of the true Homer, nothing is positively known.
the odyssey
The Odyssey
  • Likely written between 750 and 650 B.C.
    • Epic Poem
    • Takes place after the Trojan War
  • Odysseus – Protagonist
  • Composed in Ionic Greek dialect in dactylic hexameter – you do not need to know this just a fun fact!
    • Most English translations use iambic pentameter
      • One unstressed, followed by an stressed – 5 times in a row
themes
Themes
  • Home/Wandering, Fidelity
  • Cunning/Disguise
  • Women as predators
  • Power of the Gods
  • Hospitality