The Iliad And The Odyssey Essay

1456 Words Oct 9th, 2015 6 Pages
Homer was very important to our society because he was a philosopher. Homer was the creator of the Iliad and the Odyssey. The Iliad was meant to be said, not read. It was written down in the 8th century, by Homer. It is an epic, long poem, made up of 24 chapters. It is based on the attack on Troy by the Mycenaean’s. The Iliad includes early Greek myths and legends. Some historians say that Homer may not have been the only one to write it. The Odyssey is an Ancient Greek epic poem also. It was an oral epic poem. The Odyssey is about Odysseus’s ten-year-long voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War.
His poems gave off a model of heroism, nobility, and the great life all The Greeks, especially aristocrats, had. The worst thing that can happen to a hero would be a dishonor. A short life of fantastic deeds is considered greater to living a long life of peace and weakness, and with the great deeds he might become immortal. His view of the gods is fascinating since in ways they are used for comic relief, having far less self-respect than their hero. The reason why these stories were so influential for the Greek empire was not because they were entertaining. It was that they mirrored the standards that every Greek citizen should hold themselves to that were qualities represented in their heroes. When these stories were written, it was one of the larger motives for the Greek empire emerging from numerous opposing city-states into one large Greek empire; they had the same…

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