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The Odyssey

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Who is the Author?

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The Odyssey is unlike many other classics in that its authorship is not definitively known. Most scholars attribute The Odyssey to the blind poet Homer, who may have lived in the late eighth and early seventh centuries B.C.E.

Why is the authorship of The Odyssey not definitively known? Select ALL that apply.

A

The original manuscripts were lost when the Visigoths sacked Rome.

B

The epic likely existed in oral form long before Homer recorded it in written form.

C

The original manuscripts survived for centuries, but were lost in a monastery fire during the Dark Ages.

D

Some people theorize that no one individual is the author because the epic was the result of the work of a group of storytellers.

E

There are no records or details about an actual man named Homer to provide evidence of his role.