The Homeric poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey, were the closest scripture that the Greeks had to the Bible or the Koran. They were not pieces of literature devoted to a particular religious system, and instead gained fame since many Greeks with little education learned the poems. However, many Greeks drew conclusions about the gods based on Homer’s work, even after it was criticized. Consequentially, later Greek philosophers attack Homer’s position on religion, which had been the basis for the views of so many civilians. Even though Homer presented his poems in a narrative structure, his views are neither primitive nor unreasonable. This is why the people who founded their religious views on the positions in his poems did so with ease. I thought the immense influence that Homer’s works had on the Greek people was incredible. They were not philosophical teachings, but epic stories, which is an amazing feat.

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