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[1] The poet Homer

Homer (Ὅμηρος/Hómēros, Lat. Homērus, French Homère, German Homer).

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I. Short definition

Homer is the first poet of the European cultural area of whom works of a major scope are completely extant (around 28,000 hexametric lines in the Greek language), which have been received continuously in all parts of the world influenced by European culture since they were composed c. 2,700 years ago and which have exerted e…

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Latacz, Joachim (Basle) and Pressler, Frank (Heidelberg), “Homerus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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