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A decent boldness ever meets with friends.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)
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Daemon wrote:
A decent boldness ever meets with friends.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Yeah. A decent boldness ever meets with friends - or lovers. And whom we meet with an indecent boldness?
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principal figure of ancient Greek literature; the first European poet.
Works, Life, and Legends

Two epic poems are attributed to Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey. They are composed in a literary type of Greek, Ionic in basis with Aeolic admixtures. Ranked among the great works of Western literature, these two poems together constitute the prototype for all subsequent Western epic poetry.

The "Homeric question" was the great dispute of scholarship in the 19th cent. Scholars tried to analyze the two works by various tests, usually to show that they were strung together from older narrative poems. Recent evidence strongly suggests that the Iliad is the work of a single poet. Modern scholars are generally agreed that there was a poet named Homer who lived before 700 B.C., probably in Asia Minor, and that the Iliad and the Odyssey are each the product of one poet's work, developed out of older legendary matter. Some assign the Odyssey to a poet who lived slightly after the author of the Iliad.

Legends about Homer were numerous in ancient times. He was said to be blind. His birthplace has always been disputed, but Chios or Smyrna seem most likely. The study of Homer was required of all Greek students in antiquity, and his heroes were worshiped in many parts of Greece. The Iliad and the Odyssey are composed in dactylic hexameter and are of nearly the same length. The Homeric HymnsHomeric Hymns
, name applied to a body of 34 hexameter poems falsely attributed to Homer by the ancients. Composed probably between 800 and 300 B.C., they are complimentary verses addressed to the various gods, such as Aphrodite, Apollo, Demeter, and Hermes.
..... Click the link for more information. were falsely attributed to Homer.
The Iliad

Divided into 24 books, the Iliad tells of the wrath of AchillesAchilles
, in Greek mythology, foremost Greek hero of the Trojan War, son of Peleus and Thetis. He was a formidable warrior, possessing fierce and uncontrollable anger. Thetis, knowing that Achilles was fated to die at Troy, disguised him as a girl and hid him among the women at
..... Click the link for more information. and its tragic consequences, an episode in the Trojan War

. The action is in several sections. Achilles quarrels with Agamemnon over possession of the captive woman Briseis, and Achilles retires from the war to sulk in his tent. The Greek position gradually weakens until AgamemnonAgamemnon
, in Greek mythology, leader of the Greek forces in the Trojan War; king of Mycenae (or Argos). He and Menelaus were sons of Atreus and suffered the curse laid upon Pelops. Agamemnon married Clytemnestra, and their children were Iphigenia, Electra, and Orestes.
..... Click the link for more information. offers amendment to Achilles (Books I–IX). Book X tells of an expedition by Odysseus and Diomedes leading to Greek reverses in the war. Thereupon Patroclus, Achilles' friend, is inspired to go into battle wearing Achilles' armor. He is killed by HectorHector,
in Greek mythology, leader and greatest hero of the Trojan troops during the Trojan War. He was the eldest son of Priam and Hecuba, the husband of Andromache, and the father by her of Astyanax.
..... Click the link for more information. (Books XI–XVII).

Book XVIII tells of the visit of Thetis, mother of Achilles, to comfort her grieving son and of the forging of new armor by Hephaestus for Achilles. Achilles then determines to avenge his friend, kills Hector, buries Patroclus, and finally, at the entreaty of Priam, gives Hector's body to the Trojan hero's aged father (Books XIX–XXIV). The Iliad is a highly unified work, splendid in its dramatic action. Written in a simple yet lofty style, it contains many perceptive characterizations that make exalted personages like Hector and Achilles believable as human beings.

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Context from : The Odyssey
Alexander Pope (1688–1744) Translations

Book VII.

The Court of Alcinoüs

At length the kingly palace gates he view’d;
There stopp’d the Goddess, and her speech renew’d.
‘My task is done; the mansion you inquire
Appears before you: enter, and admire.
High-throned, and feasting, there thou shalt behold 65
The sceptred rulers. Fear not, but be bold:
A decent boldness ever meets with friends,
Succeeds, and ev’n a stranger recommends.

First to the Queen prefer a suppliant’s claim,
Alcinoüs’ Queen, Aretè is her name; 70
The same her parents, and her power the same.
For know, from Ocean’s God Nausithoüs sprung,
And Peribœa, beautiful and young;
(Eurymedon’s last hope, who ruled of old
The race of giants, impious, proud, and bold; 75
Perish’d the nation in unrighteous war,
Perish’d the Prince, and left this only heir);
Who now, by Neptune’s am’rous power compress’d,
Produced a Monarch that his people bless’d,
Father and Prince of the Phæacian name; 80
From him Rhexenor and Alcinoüs came.

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