Quoth the article:
- The poems appear to go back to at least the eighth century B.C.E., and were first written down at
the command of the Athenian ruler Pisistratos, who feared that they were being forgotten. He made a law that any bard or singer who came to Athens must recite as much as he knew of Homer for the Athenian scribes, who recorded each version and collated them into what we now know as the Iliad and Odyssey. Homer is also rumored to have written a third, comic, epic, but if it ever existed, no fragments of it have been found.
I'm suspicious of these statements. Do you have any sources to cite? There is nothing wrong with putting speculative theories and even rumors in here, but we should cite sources in that case to maintain good scholarship. -- hajhouse
No, I don't have sources to cite: this is what I learned when I studied classical Greek, 20-odd years ago. Only the last sentence counts as rumor, I think. I'll see if I can find something, but it may take a while before I get to this. --Vicki Rosenzweig