Homer and Virgil

 

Menelaus, Paris, Diomedes, Odysseus, Nestor, Achilles and Agamemnon            Homer

(Heros from The Iliad- Left to right)

 

Cyclop from the Odyssey

 

Homer is the name given to the purported author of the early Greek poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. It is now believed by Classicists that they were composed by illiterate singer in an oral tradition in the 8th or 7th century BC. However, there remains much argument between 'analysts' and 'unitarians' over whether the Iliad and the Odyssey were the product of one man or of many. Homer's works begin the Western Canon and are universally praised for their poetic genius. By convention, the compositions are also often taken to initiate the period of Classical Antiquity

 

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1.  The Odyssey   by Homer

2.  The Iliad 
by Homer

3.  The Iliad of Homer, Rendered into English Blank Verse - Translated by Edward Smith Stanley (Earl of Derby).   "It must equally be considered a splendid performance; and for the present we have no hesitation in saying that it is by far the best representation of Homer's Iliad in the English language." - London Times, 1865
"The merits of Lord Derby's translation may be summed up in one word, it is eminently attractive; it is instinct with life; it may be read with fervent interest; it is immeasurably nearer than Pope to the text of the original. Lord Derby has given a version far more closely allied to the original, and superior to any that has yet been attempted in the blank verse of our language." - Edinburgh Review, January 1865

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Tales of Troy: Ulysses the Sacker of Cities by Andrew Lang - These are 13 short stories about the life of Ulysses, the stealing of Helen, Paris, battles, Trojan horses, and more!

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              Virgil                                                From Aeneid - Aeneas Fleeing Troy

 

 1Aeneid by Virgil

The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem written by Virgil in the 1st century BC (between 29 and 19 BC) that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who traveled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans.

If you’ve read The Iliad you’ve already met Aeneas, having been a character in the Iliad.. The end of The Iliad is the beginning of The Aeneid. Aeneas leads his surviving, but homeless, Trojans to Italy, where they become the ancient ancestors to the Romans. The first six of the poem’s twelve books tell the story of Aeneas’ wanderings from Troy to Italy, and the second set of six books chronicle the war for the New Trojan (Rome). 

Virgil took the disconnected tales of Aeneas' wanderings, and fashioned this into a compelling Rome founding myth and nationalist epic that at once tied Rome to the legends of Troy. 

Publius Vergilius Maro (70 BCE –19 BCE), later called Virgilius, and known in English as Virgil or Vergil, was a classical Roman poet.

2.  Stories from Virgil’s Aeneid by Alfred John Church - Alfred J. Church created 26 stories from the original version of Virgil's Aeneid. He included well-known ones, such as "The Horse of Wood" and "The Love and Death of Dido," as well as many others perhaps less well-known, such as "King Evander" and "The Funeral Games of Anchises."