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  1. Did Greek Poet Homer Ever Exist?

    He’s been a mystery for millennia. Almost nothing is known about the true identity of the poet credited with writing two of the western world’s greatest epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey. Theories include a blind rhapsodist, a composite of several poets or even a female author. But historian Adam Nicolson proffers an intriguing idea: “Homer” wasn’t a person at all, but the result of spoken tradition and a shared culture — which could mean the classic works are a thousand years older than previously believed.

    National Geographic

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