‘Why Homer Matters,’ by Adam Nicolson – NYTimes.com

The Romanian scholar of comparative religion Mircea Eliade called this basic human impulse — to connect our quotidian existence, through ritual and myth, with the lives and struggles of the great heroes of the past — the “eternal return.” In the telling and retelling of the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey,” we imbue our insignificant lives with meaning, transporting ourselves to a mythical time, while bringing the heroic age into our own.

Bryan Doerries, ‘Why Homer Matters,’ by Adam Nicolson – NYTimes.com.

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