Famous As: Ancient Greek Author Who is Considered One of the Greatest and Most Influential Authors of All Time
Born On: 928 AD
Born In: Ionia, Greece
Homer was an author, intellectual and philosopher in ancient Greece, who is credited with writing two of the greatest epics in the history of literature. There is no consensus as to the ancient period in which he lived; some estimates place it at 850 BCE while others place it at around 1102 BCE. There have been plenty of ancient Greek authors who are considered to be among the greatest in the world and Homer towers above all of them for being the original master. One of Greece’s greatest thinkers Plato called him ‘the first teacher’ and went on to state that Homer was the one who ‘taught Greece’. Homer penned the ‘Iliad’ and the ‘Odyssey’; the two great epics of ancient Greece and has firmly cemented his place among the greatest poets in the world. Homer was also an outstanding orator and it is estimated that a large bulk of his work was in the form of speeches. Most of those speeches provided the intellectuals of a later age with the template of making a persuasive argument as regards to the topic of their choice. As such, it is not a sur-prise that Homer has left behind a great many quotes that would be relevant forever and here are some of the select ones.
Sing, O muse, of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans.
Ah how shameless – the way these mortals blame the gods. From us alone they say come all their miseries yes but they themselves with their own reckless ways compound their pains beyond their proper share.
Beauty! Terrible Beauty!
A deathless Goddess-- so she strikes our eyes!
Too many kings can ruin an army
Aries in his many fits knows no favorites.
Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured.
Why have you come to me here, dear heart, with all these instructions? I promise you I will do everything just as you ask. But come closer. Let us give in to grief, however briefly, in each other's arms.