Homer's Impact In The Iliad

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Homer is a famous poet believed to be from the time of the twelfth century before the birth of Christ. He is famous for his poems The Iliad and The Odyssey, which have both had major impact on the world today. Although these poems are known by many, little is known of the author himself. In this essay we will be taking a look at the poems of Homer, and viewing their effect on the world today. I am also hoping to answer the question, did he really exist, or was he just a face made up in the mind of the people to provide an image of what may of been.

The Iliad is a story staged ten years after the start of the trojan war. The story takes place through many battle and is essentially a political conflict between the greek gods Zeus and Achilles. Throughout the dispute between the Greek and the Trojan there are many casualties with one god supporting one side and the other supporting the other. The war ended when Achilles slayed Hector outside the gates of Troy, the gods are again at peace and hector is returned to his family and given a proper burial. The Iliad provides researchers today with a look into the time of the trojan war and provides us a way to research war in ancient times.

The Odyssey is the story of Odysseus’ ten year journey home after the events of the trojan war. Odysseus left his home island of Ithaca in order to participate in this war and while his side wins he is unable to find his way home. The story is much like many modern stories of similar
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