Homer was the first greek writer whose work survives he was one of a long line of bards or poets who worked in the oral tradition homer and other bards of the time could recite or chant long epic poems both works attributed to homer the iliad and the odyssey are over ten thousand lines long in the original homer must have had an . The odyssey by homer written 800 bce translated by samuel butler the odyssey has been divided into the following sections book i 35k book ii 36k book iii 40k book iv 62k book v 39k book vi 31k book vii 31k book viii 46k book ix 46k book x 45k book xi 48k. The odyssey is one of two major ancient greek epic poems attributed to homer it is in part a sequel to the iliad the other work ascribed to homer the poem is fundamental to the modern western canon and is the second the iliad being the first extant work of western literature
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