Traditionally, Homer is known as a classical poet from ancient Greece.  He is most famously credited with penning the epic poems The Illiad and The Odyssey, and is thought to have lived around 800 B.C.  However, because of a lack of records during his era, much about the poet and his works is speculation.  Because of a lack of information, historians have attempted to gain information about the author through his poems.  Some believe that Homer was blind, as there was a blind poet in The Odyssey.  Others believe that Homer is a fictitious name created long after the works were created or that Homer was a name given to roaming men who recited epic poetry.  Whether or not a single author created both famous works of poetry, one thing is certain: These ancient stories influenced not only storytellers of its time, but also the epic tales of modern literature.