What is the value of Homer?

The significance of Homer’s works in Western literature’s corpus seems to be a given, something unquestioned and unquestionable. But I’ve been mulling this over in my head for awhile: what exactly is the value of Homer’s writings? This insightful article has pushed the question to the front of my mind.

I understand that Homer is the earliest extant piece of Greek literature and that a great deal of Western lit draws from him, but does his value extend beyond simply being the predecessor to a lot of literature? Are the values contained in Homer’s writings something we should internalize and live out? The same question could be posed for authors like Catullus or Archilochus – is there something in their writings which I can apply to my own life in order to live a better, more just life?

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