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The pen is mightier than the sword….but still sharpen your sword.—DJB
by Judd H. Burton, PhD
We often take the roots of Western Civilization for granted. Yes, we are taught by convention that such roots find a strong hold in Mesopotamia around 3500 B.C. But, have you ever stopped to ask yourself how deep those roots go, and better yet, "who planted the tree?
Homer and his poetry, specifically The Iliad and The Odyssey, remain subjects of considerable discussion and debate. The literary nature and occasional historical details of the poems lend the works to the scrutiny of a number of academic disciplines. Given the inherent characteristics of the two works, it is reasonable and indeed, necessary, to subject the poetry and its (often) subtle historical detail, to an analysis designed to reveal historical validity. In doing so, historical elements of the poems may be expounded upon and examined for genuine historicity.