"Why Homer Matters," by Adam Nicolson! He explores the eternal debate: who was Homer? Was there one Homer, or many? Was the Iliad only oral, or was it written down earlier than we've thought? Nicolson argues that the Iliad is much older than 850 BCE, and reflects the years when warring warrior chiefs of pastoral nomads came down from the steppes of the north to encounter settled, richer cultures, urbane and urbanized, around the Aegean. But the main point, and it's hard-hitting, is the continuing power of the poetry, and its reflection of continuing human drives to conquer and dominate, and to create lasting memories of heroism to counter the limits of human memory and our grief over the brevity of human life.
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September 3, 2015