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Homer: Blind Or Captive Essay

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Have you ever wondered who Homer is? Have you ever heard of Homer? Do you know what he wrote? Do you know when he lived? All of these questions will be answered in the following paragraphs. Homer is an interesting man, not much is known about him, and what is known about him is questioned by the “Homeric Question,” he composed The Iliad and The Odyssey, and that is what his life is based off of.
Homer means blind or captive. He was said to be born in 800 BCE, but their is no exact date but they know it is between the 12th and 8th century BCE. He is believed to be blind man, because of a character in his poems The Iliad. He is known for sure to have born and died in Greece or Asia Minor, although no one knows exactly where in Greece or Asia Minor. He is believe to also have a curly hair and beard, and “sightless eyes.” He looks as if he is almost bald on top of his head. In all statues that are created to look like him have these qualities. He wore typical clothes of that time period, which would include robes. He was a son of Epikaste and Telemachus. He was said to have two daughters, although their names are never mentioned. He is most famous for composing The Iliad and The Odyssey.
The Iliad is about the Trojan war and The Battle of Troy. In the beginning of the book Achilles fights with the chief king whose name is Agamemon, about a female slave, the soldiers gave her to him as a prize. The chief king takes the female slave and Achilles leaves the war. Achilles starts fighting again when Patroclus, Achilles close friend, is killed. Achilles kills the person who killed Patroclus. The Iliad ends there before Achilles dies from an arrow shot into his heel, and before the trojan horse is sent into Troy. This is an over all great epic, from the reviews people have written.
The Odyssey is also written by Homer. The Odyssey is placed a decade after Troy fell. Odysseus, the main character, hasn’t returned and Penelope pushes off her many suitors that are wanting her, remaining...

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