HomeGroupsTalkExploreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Author photo. from Wikipedia<br>
Photograph taken of the bust of Homer<br> in the British Museum, London

from Wikipedia
Photograph taken of the bust of Homer
in the British Museum, London

MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
95,596 (99,764)95581 (4.04)2490
Homer is the author of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the two greatest Greek epic poems. Nothing is known about Homer personally; it is not even known for certain whether there is only one true author of these two works. Homer is thought to have been an Ionian from the 9th or 8th century B.C. While historians argue over the man, his impact on literature, history, and philosophy is so significant as to be almost immeasurable. The Iliad relates the tale of the Trojan War, about the war between Greece and Troy, brought about by the kidnapping of the beautiful Greek princess, Helen, by Paris. It tells of the exploits of such legendary figures as Achilles, Ajax, and Odysseus. The Odyssey recounts the subsequent return of the Greek hero Odysseus after the defeat of the Trojans. On his return trip, Odysseus braves such terrors as the Cyclops, a one-eyed monster; the Sirens, beautiful temptresses; and Scylla and Charybdis, a deadly rock and whirlpool. Waiting for him at home is his wife who has remained faithful during his years in the war. Both the Iliad and the Odyssey have had numerous adaptations, including several film versions of each. (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from The Odyssey
… (more)
The Odyssey 46,486 copies, 423 reviews
The Iliad (Author) 34,916 copies, 348 reviews
The Iliad / The Odyssey 4,872 copies, 47 reviews
Homeric Hymns 1,568 copies, 14 reviews
The Iliad: Books 1-12 690 copies, 4 reviews
The Odyssey: Books 1-12 662 copies, 5 reviews
The Iliad: Books 13-24 551 copies, 2 reviews
The Odyssey: Books 13-24 482 copies, 3 reviews
Selections from Homer's Iliad 265 copies, 1 review
The anger of Achilles 126 copies, 3 reviews
Circe and the Cyclops 114 copies, 2 reviews
Classic Starts: The Odyssey 104 copies, 1 review
War Music (Author) 98 copies
Kings (Author) 94 copies, 1 review
Homeri Ilias 70 copies, 5 reviews
Opera 65 copies
The Essential Odyssey 42 copies, 1 review
Homeros' Ilias 37 copies
The Iliad, Book 1 (Author) 37 copies
The Odyssey (Graphic Classics) 35 copies, 2 reviews
Ulysses (Source Author) 30 copies
Homer: Iliad I 24 copies
Homer: Iliad I (Author) 20 copies
The Odyssey, books V-VIII 14 copies, 2 reviews
Homeros 10 copies
Iliad. Book 1 7 copies
La Odisea ilustrada 5 copies, 1 review
Homer, Odyssey II (LCL 105) 5 copies, 1 review
Odissea I 5 copies
Ilias 5 copies
Ilíada (vol. I): Cants I-IV 4 copies, 1 review
L'odyssée 4 copies
Iliade 3 copies, 1 review
L'Iliade 3 copies
Himnos 3 copies
Homer 3 copies
Uit de Ilias 2 copies
Iliada, #1 2 copies
Iliada. N.Ed 2 copies, 1 review
Homerus 2 copies
Odisea 2 copies, 1 review
La Odisea 2 copies
Tout Homère 2 copies
Odisea 2 copies
ILLIADA 2 copies
L'Odyssée 2 copies
Odissea II 2 copies
Homers Werke 2 copies
La Iliada 1 copy
Troy [2004 film] (Poem) 549 copies, 4 reviews
The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis (Contributor) 477 copies, 11 reviews
The Portable Greek Reader (Contributor, some editions) 358 copies
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (Contributor) 354 copies, 3 reviews
Memorial (Author) 253 copies, 9 reviews
Greek Lyric Poetry (Author) 242 copies, 2 reviews
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (Contributor) 213 copies, 2 reviews
The Oxford Book of Villains (Contributor) 126 copies
The Penguin Book of Hell (Contributor) 115 copies, 1 review

Top members (works)

PHSEnglishDept (74), JeffersonBallard (70), ssa.books (66), GPEPadmin (60), UCSB-claslib (58), shikari (56), Echnaton (52), UCLA_Classics (50), richrat (49), tdoran (44), Enodia (44), RoanClay (44), PomonaClassics (44) — more

Recently added

4Maya (4), Catwoman1103 (1), shannonpickett (1), RubyJadeG (1), klgunza (1), zdearman (1), gurpsgm (1), NKorten (1), Fageraasveien40 (1)

Legacy Libraries

James Boswell (23), Thomas Jefferson (16), Hannah Arendt (12), Maria Àngels Anglada d'Abadal (11), Gillian Rose (10), Leonard and Virginia Woolf (9), George Wythe (9), Rudyard Kipling (8), James Joyce (8), Ralph Waldo Emerson (8)89 more, Samuel Johnson (8), Robert Ranke Graves (8), Karen Blixen (7), Voltaire (7), John Adams (7), Robert & Elizabeth Barrett Browning (7), Alfred Deakin (6), Ernest Hemingway (6), Friedrich Nietzsche (5), T. E. Lawrence (5), Edward Estlin Cummings (5), Gustave Flaubert (5), Donald and Mary Hyde (5), Carl Sandburg (5), Charles Lamb (4), C. S. Lewis (4), Joseph Priestley (4), Alexander Pushkin (4), Terence Kemp McKenna (4), Robert Treat Paine (4), Walker Percy (4), Ralph Ellison (4), Iris Murdoch (3), Joseph Stevens Buckminster (3), Eeva-Liisa Manner (3), Richard Cranch (3), William Butler Yeats (3), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (3), Edna St. Vincent Millay (3), Herman Melville (3), Francis Dana (3), Social Library (1793) (2), Oscar Wilde (2), Porter Cornelius Bliss (2), Robert Gordon Menzies (2), Phillis Wheatley Peters (2), Leslie Scalapino (2), Landon Carter (2), Sir Walter Scott (2), H.D. (2), Ezra Pound (2), Thomas Mann (2), Franz Bopp (2), Thomas McKean (2), Daniel Webster (2), Astrid Lindgren (2), William Gaddis (2), Charles Macklin (2), JamesMonroe (2), Franz Kafka (2), Anthony Burgess (2), George Washington (2), William Somerset Maugham (2), Arthur Ransome (2), Fyodor Dostoevsky (2), Sylvia Plath (2), Frederick Douglass (2), Roger Mifflin (1), StephenCraneLibrary (1), Theodore Dreiser (1), William Wilberforce (1), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1), Samuel Roth (1), USS California (Armored Cruiser No. 6) (1), Union College (1), JeffBuckley (1), Edward St. John Gorey (1), Edward Tufte (1), Elbridge Gerry (1), Flannery O'Connor (1), David Robert Jones (1), Benton MacKaye (1), Alfred Bernhard Nobel (1), Alured Popple (1), Benedictus de Spinoza (1), Benjamin Franklin (1), George Orwell (1), George Washington Mordecai (1), Maggie L. Walker (1), Marie Antoinette (1), Myles Standish (1), Norman Mailer (1), José Francisco de San Martín Gómez y Matorras (1), John Muir (1), Harry S Truman (1), Jack Kerouac (1), James and Mary Murray (1), John Hancock (1), Richard Henry Lee (1)

Member favorites

Members: ejmw, Marcos_Augusto, J_Ortega, lewbs, merlin1234, labyrinthos, private member, erathostenes, Severnmeadows, tcg17321, mysterium, Tremendamente, JMK2020, pmowrey, private member, Quedlinburg, LeeMartin, Sorion, ryanwilsonpoet, AneirinP (show 229 more), hillaryrose7, Fashy_Goy, languagehat, unctifer, isenheim, Frans_J_Vermeiren, pitjrw, Poquette, jnwelch, Colby_Glass, dew_enfolded, O_Hozomeen, dverg48, archscrabbler, ziska, InTooBooks, janus532, polymnia, ameliabib, JDHomrighausen, maggieandersonwriter, JVioland, jdr857, defaults, Ron_Peters, kpagan, omphaloskepsis, private member, pseudoeden, bibliopolitan, SoulArbiter, Dimitra_E, Mz.Balma, GoodKnight, unclecharny, AutocratHolmes, mailer, Myyst, SomethingWicked, gangleri, liber_noctuae, JeffersonBallard, hf22, yllumiere, Mr_sausage, epicureanist, Ross54, edenic, aponteg.jesus, Nikolai9, private member, j.a.lesen, mister.dandy, Moses_Siregar_III, sradagan, Coach_of_Alva, CharlemangeOKeeffe, tyler_durden_pt, meancat, alalba, Judith_Starkston, bpagano, openset, Nazgullie, private member, EduardoT, bhwalker, itasdemir, private member, S3Arts, voxstellarvm, noumenon, anthonywillard, kurtist, Maxik, christophersisk, h-mb, alekjds, ins8ableaz, erikscheffers, mallinje, auspice, LisaMaria_C, gcamp, Pebblesgmc, mesorsby, magnetgrrl, proteus147, GLG, JerryMonaco, joseph.marceda, zcoot, private member, jrcovey, J.A.Bond, mwirkk, MMWiseheart, Sandydog1, adfrost, rolandperkins, thatOlJanxSpirit, peads, Elhector76, marcingpin, YagamiLight, Tanglewood, RobJordan, jmccarro, Nicosia1, private member, crisaor, ecidnac, elendil667, private member, opmbms, BookWyrm25, Adalberht, archiveninja, EireElf, andejons, boekerij, ckoller, HeyItsCrystal, IronMike, semckibbin, xieouyang, eronn, Wattsian, kleos_aphthiton, mlkasputis, TomH, KatieC24, BeautifullyWritten, thatguyzero, ngmoore, alpha, Seti_Scarabeus, private member, kielyrobert, benmartin79, thinkle, juliabeth, Page-1, Brasidas, moonstormer, wildbill, private member, SamDelBiaggio, shrew, Pfanner, kjellika, polutropos, Onara, JWvonGoethe, Barney1252, gonfrei, stnylan, albtraum, gowildboars, lmpalmer1, Iacobus, Harmless_Dilettante, iphianassa, eudaemonist, fglaysher, ParmenidesPublishing, silverwing2332, eereed, M4R1N4, Hera, jerkboy, RcCarol, mikeccinbos, MeditationesMartini, uwcca1, Greatrakes, learning777, private member, Pencils, Jitsusama, Philtill, zerosummer, papagena, lightburn, iwpoe, Christopher.Altnau, Velvet-Moonlight, fightlikeagirl, aznstarlette, Enodia, eumaeus, JanWillemNoldus, drangelo, Chariton, jburlinson, gilgalad, DCBays, Julilla, susanblackerkkila, alivanmom, EliotOstling, Tijl, unquiet_history, guybrarian, uru, gwyneira, Rhinoa, akbibliophile, rebyonak, Romanus, euqubud, brtom, the_red_shoes, Coatlicue, Cranston, bookmasterjmv, BenjaminHahn, guamo, private member, almigwin, kvyar, gisonda, private member, ijon, rmckeown, southernbooklady, pomonomo2003, henkl, private member

Add to favorites
adventure (409) ancient (763) Ancient Greece (1,759) Ancient Greek (507) Ancient Greek Literature (333) ancient history (351) ancient literature (487) antiquity (471) classic (2,612) classic literature (509) classical (540) classical literature (784) classics (5,927) epic (2,511) epic poem (303) epic poetry (1,449) fiction (4,412) Greece (1,926) Greek (3,334) Greek literature (1,808) Greek mythology (944) history (886) Homer (2,559) Iliad (429) Kindle (295) literature (3,147) myth (400) mythology (3,827) non-fiction (285) Odysseus (332) Odyssey (349) own (357) poetry (7,356) read (767) to-read (2,111) translation (822) Trojan War (647) Troy (439) unread (397) war (489)

Homer has 1 media appearance.

Jan
2
Homer’s Iliad Retold
On Point, Monday, January 2, 2012 at 0am
Stephen Mitchell discusses The Iliad.

In the great tale of ancient Greece, young Paris swiped the beautiful Helen and took her off to Troy. And on came war and heroes. Gods and chariots. Achilles. Hector. Agamemnon. The Trojan horse. It’s an epic that goes to the essential nature of life – its beauty and its tragedy. The greatest teller of the heart of the tale is Homer in The Iliad. A new translation takes us back to the speed and clarity and grace of Homer’s telling, and makes it new. (Shortride)… (more)

Homer has 12 past events. (show)

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Gender
Nationality
Country (for map)
Birthplace
Place of death
Cause of death
Places of residence
Education
Occupations
Relationships
Organizations
Awards and honors
Agents
Short biography
Homer is the semi-legendary author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, two epic poems that are the central works of ancient Greek literature. Many accounts of Homer's life circulated in classical antiquity, the most widespread being that he was a blind bard from Ionia, a region of central coastal Anatolia in present-day Turkey. Modern scholars consider these accounts legendary.
Disambiguation notice

LibraryThing Early Reviewers Alum

Homer's book The Iliad was available from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Member ratings

Average: (4.04)
0.5 9
1 162
1.5 33
2 605
2.5 106
3 2361
3.5 381
4 4310
4.5 447
5 4761

Author pictures (4)

 

(see all 4 author pictures)

Improve this author

Combination issues. This author has combination issues that need to be cleared up.

Combine/separate works

Author division

Homer is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.

Includes

Homer is composed of 60 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 174,260,517 books! | Top bar: Always visible