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For other uses, see Homer.
For the mirror universe counterpart, see Homer (mirror).

Homer was the name given to the purported author of the early Greek poems the Iliad and the Odyssey. (TOS novel: Uhura's Song)

At some point, he became blind. (TNG episode: "A Matter of Time")

Background Edit

The elder Homer had a long, supple face, according to a holographic simulation programmed by Geordi LaForge. LaForge thought Homer’s forehead was “a jutting precipice that somehow complemented his thick thatch of a silvery beard.” Had he been born later, his deep voice and easy laughter might have made him a Shakespearean actor. He was “a couple of inches taller” than LaForge, and was likewise blind. Homer considered potentially losing his memory far worse than losing his sight, as memory formed the basis of one’s identity. Homer died “around 700 B.C.” (TNG novel: A Call to Darkness)

History Edit

Heinrich Schliemann sought out and discovered the real location of the city of Troy, which experts had previously thought to be a fictitious locale imagined by Homer. [1] (TOS novel: Uhura's Song)

In the 1990s, Khan was familiar with Homer’s Odyssey. When an unexpected visitor arrived with a connection to his mother, Khan considered only the potential benefits. He quoted from Homer, “All strangers and beggars are from Zeus.” [2] (TOS - The Eugenics Wars novel: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2)

Jonathan Archer was aware that Homer had written about the Trojan War. When Charles Tucker III was assigned to a covert mission in Romulan space, Archer said it was “a tactic as old as Homer,” referring to the Trojan horse. (ENT novel: The Good That Men Do)

Khan was familiar with Homer’s Iliad. During his exile on Ceti Alpha V, Khan considered that Marla McGivers would have grown up more sheltered on Earth. He quoted to her from Homer, “There are no compacts between lions and men, and wolves and lambs have no concord,” [3] pointing out how precarious their lives were on the untamed world. (TOS novel: To Reign in Hell: The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh)

The star Homer (SSL-1833) and the Homer system were named after the author. The sixth planet in the system was named for Ulysses, Homer's hero in the Iliad and Odyssey. Montgomery Scott remarked in the year 2285 that nobody would remember the number, but they would know the names. (TOS short story: "A Vulcan, A Klingon, and an Angel")

In 2367, Geordi LaForge programmed the holodeck to simulate an open hall from ancient times where an elder Homer orally performed his stories. Homer once related the tragic Trojan horse story, focusing on the fate of Cassandra. [4] (TNG novel: A Call to Darkness)

The works of Homer were studied by cadets who took the Ancient Literature and the Formation of Culture course at Starfleet Academy in the late 24th century. (Last Unicorn RPG module: Starfleet Academy Handbook)

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  1. Schliemann's biography on Wikipedia
  2. The Odyssey, Book 14
  3. The Iliad, Chapter 22
  4. The Trojan horse in Homer’s Iliad