Homer (Ancient Greek: Ὅμηρος, Hómēros) in classical tradition is the ancient Greek epic poet, author of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey, the Homeric Hymns and other works. Homer’s epics stand at the beginning of the western canon of literature, exerting enormous influence on the history of fiction and literature in general.

– from the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homer