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Homer is not a Grimm fairy-tale aunt who passes on traditional stories,

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos

nor has he translated any poetry into written form that is already orally available.

 

Homer is also not the lonely genius who produces a great poem out of nothing. Rather, he has transferred the current story of the demise of a great culture that he wants to tell into the heroic Mycenaean early period in order to exaggerate and alienate it.

 

Homer is a modern writer, having studied in an Assyrian “Harvard”, he is the link between Assyrian and Greek literature.

 

Although Homer, like Thomas Mann, in “Joseph and His Brothers” uses old, even old Greek traditions, he turns them – like Thomas Mann – into something completely new, a great contemporary poetry.

 

The idea of autochthonous Greek literature beginning with Homer is no longer plausible for me. The Greek poet Hesiod is older than Homer.

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