The Ridpath Library Of Universal Literature (volume 13); A Biographical And Bibliographical Summary…

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byJohn Clark Ridpath

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898. Excerpt: ... HOMER (Gr. "0/i77/o?), a Greek poet, the accredited author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. It has been not implausibly argued that there was actually no such individual, that both poems which bear his name were composed at periods widely apart, and by many different persons. Waiving this question, and assuming that these poems were the work of an individual Homer, the period at which he lived is altogether uncertain. Ancient writers place him anywhere between the twelfth and the seventh century before our era. Herodotus supposed him to have lived four hundred years before his time--that is, about 850 B.C. Seven or more Grecian cities claimed the honor of being his birthplace. The account which appears best entitled to credence, is that he was born near Smyrna, on the bank of the river Meles (whence he is often styled Melesigenes); that his youth and early manhood were passed on the Island of Chios (the modern Scio); that he travelled from place to place, reciting his poems wherever he could find an audience; and that at some period, probably after he had reached manhood, he became blind. An old scholiast suggests that Homeros was not his actual name, but was a designation, being merely ho-me-oron, "who does not see." There are extant two lives of Homer, ascribed respectively to Herodotus and Plutarch; but there is no valid reason for believing them genuine. Besides the Iliad and the Odyssey there are extant other poems which have been attributed to Homer. These are several Hymns to various gods, and the Batrachomyomacliia (" Frog-and-MiceFight,") a mock-heroic poem, and the Margites, a satire. The Iliad and the Odyssey have been translated into English verse, and in various metres, by many persons. The most noticeable of these versions are those of Chapman ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898. Excerpt: ... HOMER (Gr. "0/i77/o?), a Greek poet, the accredited author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. It has been not implausibly argued th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:134 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.29 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217368611

ISBN - 13:9780217368612

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