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The author, Homer, lived nearly 3,000 years ago

Most historical sources agree that Homer was blind

At the time this story is set, Greece was not one country, but a collection of 'city-states

The siege of Troy is part of The Iliad, which is an epic poem. An epic is a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds

Alexander the Great, whose empire stretched from Europe to India was said to sleep with a copy of The Iliad under his pillow

The ancient city of Troy is believed to have once stood in what we now call Turkey