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A new look at Homer and his work

Over the centuries there have been many translations of Homer's work and the structure of the poems does not always make it easy to appreciate the work. We have editions of work by author's who have provided what can be an easier entry into Homer's wrok.

'The Odyssey' as we have it is an epic of over twelve thousand lines. It has been divided, like the 'Iliad' and probably at the same time, into twenty-four books. Book number and line number are the standard terms of references'

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Did the city of Troy really exist? Is the Trojan War myth or military reality? And what about that giant horse?

The poet Homer probably wrote the epic in the eighth or ninth century, B.C., several hundred years after the war is supposed to have taken place. Much of it is no doubt fantasy. There is, for example, no evidence that Achilles or even Helen existed.

But most scholars agree that Troy itself was no imaginary Shangri-la but a real city and that the Trojan War indeed happened. [Stefan Lovgren in Los Angeles for National Geographic News, May 14, 2004]

In the 19th century, Heinrich Schliemann (1822-90) became one of the most dominant personalities of the age. An often unscrupulous man, he used his vast wealth, and his belief in the truth of Homer's Iliad and The Odyssey to search for the lost and ancient city of Troy. His quest stirred controversy and his approach and what he eventually found still stirs debate today.

The Golden Treasures of Troy: the Dream of Heinrich Schliemann by Herve Duchene