Homer (c. 8th century BCE)

“Tell me now, you Muses that live on Olympus,
since you are goddesses, are present everywhere and
know everything, while we men have only hearsay
to go on and know nothing – tell me who were the leaders and
commanders of the Greeks?”

  • From The Iliad (Book II, between lines 480-490) by Homer, translated by E. V. Rieu and edited by Peter Jones (Penguin Classics, 2003). The photograph of the Homer statue is licensed under Creative Commons 3.0 (CC 3.0).


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