Single Idea 14829

[catalogued under 28. God / C. Attitudes to God / 5. Atheism]

Full Idea

Homer is so at home among his gods, and takes such delight in them as a poet, that he surely must have been deeply irreligious.

Gist of Idea

Homer so enjoys the company of the gods that he must have been deeply irreligious


report of Homer (The Iliad [c.850 BCE]) by Friedrich Nietzsche - Human, All Too Human 125

Book Reference

Nietzsche,Friedrich: 'Human, All Too Human', ed/tr. Faber,Marion [Penguin 1994], p.88

A Reaction

Blake made a similar remark about where the true allegiance of Milton lay in 'Paradise Lost'.