The 100 Most Influential Writers of All Time (The Britannica Guide to the World's Most Influential People)

Profiles 100 of the main influential writers all through historical past, together with Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, Dostoyevsky, George Eliot, and J.K. Rowling.

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Even if those nice epic poems of old Greece have continuously been attributed to the shadowy determine of Homer, little is understood of him past the truth that his used to be the identify hooked up in antiquity through the Greeks themselves to the poems. That there has been an epic poet known as Homer and that he performed the first half in shaping the Iliad and the Odyssey—so a lot could be stated to be possible. If this assumption is approved, then Homer needs to veritably be one of many maximum of the world’s literary artists. he's additionally essentially the most influential authors within the widest feel, for the 2 epics supplied the foundation of Greek schooling and tradition during the Classical age and shaped the spine of humane schooling all the way down to the time of the Roman Empire and the unfold of Christianity. in some way in the course of the medium of Virgil’s Aeneid (loosely molded after the styles of the Iliad and the Odyssey), at once via their revival lower than Byzantine tradition from the past due eighth century CE onward, and as a result via their passage into Italy with the Greek students who fled westward from the Ottomans, the Homeric epics had a profound impression at the Renaissance tradition of Italy. on the grounds that then the proliferation of translations has helped to cause them to crucial poems of the classical eu culture. EARLY REFERENCES Implicit references to Homer and quotations from the poems date to the center of the seventh century BCE. Archilochus, Alcman, Tyrtaeus, and Callinus within the seventh century and Sappho and others within the early sixth tailored Homeric phrasing and metre to their very own reasons and rhythms. even as scenes from the epics grew to become well known in artworks. The pseudo-Homeric “Hymn to Apollo of Delos,” most likely of past due 7th-century composition, claimed to be the paintings of “a blind guy who dwells in rugged Chios,” a connection with a convention approximately Homer himself. the concept Homer had descendants often called “Homeridae,” and they had taken over the protection and propagation of his poetry, is going again no less than to the early sixth century BCE. It was once no longer lengthy prior to a type of Homeric scholarship begun: Theagenes of Rhegium in southern Italy towards the tip of a similar century wrote the 1st of many allegorizing interpretations. by way of the fifth century biographical fictions have been good less than means. The Pre-Socratic thinker Heracleitus of Ephesus made use of a trivial legend of Homer’s death—that it was once attributable to chagrin at no longer with the ability to remedy a few boys’ riddle approximately catching lice—and the concept that of a competition of quotations among Homer and Hesiod (after Homer, the main old of Greek poets) could have been initiated within the Sophistic culture. The historian Herodotus assigned the formula of Greek theology to Homer and Hesiod, and claimed that they can have lived not more than four hundred years ahead of his personal time, the fifth century BCE. this could be contrasted with the superficial assumption, well known in lots of circles all through antiquity, that Homer should have lived no longer a lot later than the Trojan struggle approximately which he sang.

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