"I told her about Homer"
Homer is the name attributed to the Ancient Greek author of the poems ‘The Odyssey’ and ‘The Iliad’. In reality, however, there is no reliable evidence that such a man existed, and both poems can be seen to have been conceived over several centuries according to the oral traditions of the time. Even ancient sources conflicted about the supposed dates of Homer’s life, but in practice scholars usually attribute both poems to the very late 9th Century BC, or the 8th Century BC. In canonical terms, the Iliad is considered to be the earliest work of Western literature. The meaning of the word ‘Homer’ has also been subject to great debate, a popular interpretation being that it meant ‘blind’ in an ancient Greek dialect. This led to many depictions in Western art of Homer being without sight.