The Odyssey

     Nothing definite is known about Homer, because no reliable information was passed on from the ancient times. However most scholars agree that Homer was a blind poet who originally converted the oral epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, to written verse.  Because of this, he is known as one of the greatest ancient Greek poets. His epics had an enormous impact on literature.  Even though there is no definite information about him, many people have speculations.  
      No one knows for sure when Homer was born, but many have guessed at it. Some say it was around 850 B.C. and some say it had to have been closer to the 12th century B.C., because that's when the Trojan war supposedly was. It has been said that Homer was born in the Ionian region of Asia Minor or on the island of Chios. It was rumored that he died on the Cycladic island of Ios. 
     A controversy that has been debated among many is whether or not Homer was the real author of the epics. Many people think that he couldn't have composed both epics, but others argue that the styles are so similar and consistent that it had to be Homer who created both. One thing that many scholars agree upon is that the Iliad and the Odyssey went through a refinement of the old material around the beginning of the 8th century B.C.