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The odyssey by Homer
Author biography: The epic poems of Homer recount the mythical adventures of the Greeks during and following the Trojan War. While he is famous for fantastic villains, such as the man-eating Cyclops and the witch Circe, Homer's poetry primarily focuses on the trials of heroes as they fight against each other in a world where the gods are fickle, men are treacherous, and honor and reputation are supremely important. Vivid descriptions abound in these poems, from simple sacrifices to violent massacres, which allow unfamiliar readers to become immersed in the ancient atmosphere. Start with: The Odyssey.
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