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Biographia Classica

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Excerpt from book: The very Name of textit{Homer has been difputed : he has been called textit{Melefigenes, from the River where he was born. textit{Homer has been reckoned an Afcititious Name, from fome Accident of his Life: The textit{Certamen Homericum calls him once textit{Auletes, perhaps from his textit{Mufical Genius. textit{Lucian is very pleafant upon this Subject: he feigns that he had talked over the Point with textit{Homer in the Ifland of the textit{EleJJed: I afk- ed him, fays he, of what Country he was ? a Queftion hard to be refolved with us : To which he anfwer'd, He could not certainly tell, be- caufe fome had informed him that he was of textit{Chios, fome of textit{Smyrna, and others of textit{Colophon, but he took him for a textit{Babylonian, and faid he was called textit{Tigranes, while he lived among his Countrymen, and textit{Homer while he was a Hoft- age among the textit{Grecians. Some, it feems, have found that "o//©- fignifies a textit{Hoflage: and this Poet (according to textit{Produs) was deliver'd as fuch in a Var between textit{Smyrna and textit{Chios. Others pretend, that he had the Name of textit{Homer, be- caufe he was born blind : but if any, fays textit{Pa- terculus, believes that textit{Homer was born blind, he is blind himfelf, and has loft his Senfes. The textit{Chian Medal of him (which is of great Antiquity) reprefents him with a Volume open, and reading intently. It is impoffible he fhould have been born blind, whatever he might have been afterwards : for he mull certainly have beheld the Creation, confider'd it with a long Attention, and enrich'cl his Fancy by the moft fenfible Knowledge of thofe Ideas, which he makes the Reader fee, while he but defcribes them. It could not be thought, that they who knew fo little of the Life of textit{Homer, could have a ...  
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