Quotes on The Importance of Homer

I have been reading the two great works of Homer, The Iliad and The Odyssey, and have come to see just how fantastic Homer is as a writer but also how important he is to Western Civilization. Others agree and below are some collected quotes from brilliant thinkers, both past and present on the importance and influence of Homer throughout the ages:

“Homer is significant because he started The Great Conversation, gave birth to The West, inspired and taught the Greeks and therefore us, wrote virtually perfect poetry, thought about every great idea deeply, embodied them in story and is the best philosopher who ever lived.” —Andrew Kern

    “Reading Homer’s Poems is one of the purest, most inexhaustible pleasures life has to offer-a secret somewhat too well kept in our time”—Eva Brann

    “He (Homer) deserves to be taken up as an instructor in the management and culture of human affairs, and that a man ought to regulate the whole of his life by following this poet.”–Plato’s Republic

      Homer’s Iliad and The Odyssey are “Constructed as well as possible, they come as close as possible for the ideal of a poem”—Aristotle

      “Behold the One whose right hand wields the sword, behold the One who comes before other poets as their Lord, that is Homer, the Sovereign, that is the Bard Supreme, that is Homer.”—Dante

        “It was against the order of nature that he created the most excellent production that can be. For things at birth are ordinary imperfect; they gain size and strength as they grow. He made the infancy of poetry and of several sciences mature, perfect and accomplished. For this reason he may be called the first and last of poets.”—Montaigne

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