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Homer Didn't Exist

LogicalLunatic
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8/27/2014 2:16:25 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Homer, the ancient Greek poet, most definitely did not exist.
Why? Because the oldest manuscript of the Iliad is from several hundred, if not several thousand, years after Homer lived!
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Oh? You believe that Homer existed? You pseudoscientists! You have the full burden of proof!
Geez you people are dumb!
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RulerOfNone
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8/28/2014 10:03:25 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
Except for all the written records of him. Y'know, unless that whole civilization was in on a conspiracy to fool future civilizations. D'oh.
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8/28/2014 10:43:02 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/27/2014 2:16:25 PM, LogicalLunatic wrote:
Homer, the ancient Greek poet, most definitely did not exist.
Why? Because the oldest manuscript of the Iliad is from several hundred, if not several thousand, years after Homer lived!
http://www.webanswers.com...
Oh? You believe that Homer existed? You pseudoscientists! You have the full burden of proof!
Geez you people are dumb!

It doesn't matter when the earliest copy of a document is written. Historians can estimate when the original documents were written. Comparing when documents were written with internal and external evidence of the document can determine reliability.

It also depends on what you mean by Homer. If you mean Homer, and define Homer in a historical sense as the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, then Homer did exist. Was Homer a pen-name? Could be. Could Homer be a pen-name for multiple people? Yes. But we know that the name is attached to the writing.

Now, if you are defining Homer as a historical figure, then there is no evidence to suggest that he is. There is no evidence to suggest he isn't. Him being a historical figure is questionable.

So, do I take the stance that Homer was a historical figure? No, I do not. Do I take the stance that the "author" of the Iliad and Odyssey is Homer? Yes, though Homer could be a pen-name for another figure.
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8/28/2014 10:44:04 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 8/28/2014 10:03:25 AM, RulerOfNone wrote:
Except for all the written records of him. Y'know, unless that whole civilization was in on a conspiracy to fool future civilizations. D'oh.

What written records? I haven't heard of any, which is why there is a controversy among historians about if Homer was a historical figure or not.
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