From an otherwise interesting piece on Homer by Robert McCrum from The Observer of Sunday May 16, 2004 – sorry, I've only just come across it. The question is what kind of poet?
DoB: 1100-900 BC (in Chios or Smyrna or Rhodes or any number of Ionian islands)
Job: Lyric poet
Big break: The Iliad, followed by The Odyssey, plus various other works including the comic mini-epic Batrachomyomachia (The Frog-Mouse War)
The article is here.
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