(from the article `epic`) ...) and maintained itself through the `Dark Age` to reach a climax in the Homeric poems by the close of the Geometric period (900–750 ). After ... ...the Homeric tradition was an oral onethat this was a kind of poetry made and passed down by word of mouth and without the intervention of .....
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The Greek word aoidos (ἀοιδός) referred to a classical Greek singer. In modern Homeric scholarship aoidos is used by some as the technical term for a skilled oral epic poet in the tradition to which the Iliad and Odyssey are believed to belong (compare rhapsode). == Song and poetry in the Iliad and Odyssey == In classical Greek the word aoi
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