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Homer  is the name given to the supposed unitary author of the early Greek poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. It is now generally believed that they were composed by illiterate aoidoi (rhapsodes) in an oral tradition in the 8th or 7th century BC, but it is a matter of debate among scholars whether a single aoidos is largely responsible for the poems as they stand. The Emperor Hadrian asked the Oracle at Delphi who Homer really was, and she said that he was Ithacan, the son of Epikaste and Telemachus, from the Odyssey.[1]Homer is nevertheless often used, as a convention, by those who do not believe in single authorship of the Homeric poems. Homer's works begin the The name Western Canonand are universally praised for their poetic genius. By convention, theClassical Antiquity. 

The following are all the podcasts I could find about Homer.  

 

 

BBC Radio 4 "In our Time"

The Odyssey - Homer's epic tale of Odysseus' return home  - The Odyssey by Homer is often claimed as the great founding work of Western Literature. It's an epic that has entertained its audience for nearly three thousand years: it's got shipwrecks, it's got monsters, it's got brave heroes and seductive sex goddesses. It's got revenge and it's also got love. The story follows on from Homer's The Iliad, and essentially it is a tale of the Greek hero Odysseus and his long attempt to get home to Ithaca after the Trojan Wars. 

What has given it such a fundamental position in the history of western ideas? What are the meanings behind the trials and tribulations that befall Odysseus on his way? And who really wrote The Odyssey?

History's Greatest Love Affairs

An interesting and artistic take on the Ilyad and the Odyssey. I'm not sure I should have included it, as it isn't strictly historical. Do not be worn out by the long introduction music, which can take a full 3-4 minutes. This podcast is more artistic than historical, yet I enjoyed it so much I couldn't not include it. Probably not appropriate for younger listeners..


The Odyssey by Homer

the entire book read for free. This book is divided into 24 parts. You can find it all for free Here.