Iliad - Homer - 750 B.c. - Research Article from Literary Themes: War and Peace

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Biography - Homer

Scholars estimate that the Iliad was first written down between 750 and 700 B.C., shortly after the Greeks first adapted their alphabet from the Phoenicians. Homer lived during the Archaic Period (800–480 A.D.), a period of rejuvenated commerce, colonization, and culture following the Iron Age (approximately 1100–800 B.C.).

For centuries, people believed that Homer was the single author behind the Iliad, but most scholars now believe that Homer's role was more akin to that of a scribe-compiler, assembling earlier oral tales into a single large epic. These tales were developed throughout the Iron Age by bards—in Greek, aoidoi—who chanted the words while accompanying themselves with a primitive stringed instrument called a kithara. With no physical evidence to go on, scholars inquire into the poem's authorship in a centuries-old set of mysteries called the Homeric Question: Was...

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