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Poems of Homer. We are indebted to West Johnston for a copy of the lliad and Odyssey, published at Leipzig, by the world-renowned Tauc
to take his choice.-- He prefaces the book with a dissertation upon Homer and the Homeric poems, which seems to be the result of his own ref n on the subject.
It will be pleasing, doubtless, to any reader of Homer, who has more poetry than skepticism in his composition, to know th h their renown, have left no traces of their individual existence.
Homer lived and sang many ages before the first stone had been laid for t that the poems ascribed to them were forgeries of a much later age. Homer himself bears abundant testimony to the existence of a certain spec ransmitted, by recitation of their successors, to the time in which Homer lived.
Out of these materials, no doubt, he formed the great works Byron, nobody could have written (or rather invented) the Iliad but Homer. There is an individuality about every great work, which can neithe