Anacharsis the Younger stops at Chios, 363 B.C.


“We dined one day at the house of one of the principal persons of the island, the conversation turned on the famous question of the country of Homer. Various cities and states aspired to the honor of having given birth to that celebrated man; but the claims of Chios are better founded than those of any other.

Among their proofs of their validity, we were told that the descendants of Homer still remained in the island, and were known by the name of the Homeridae. At the same instant we saw two of them enter, habited with magnificent robes, and with golden crowns on their heads. They did not rehearse the eulogium of the poet, but offered to him a more precious incense. After an invocation to Jupiter, they sang alternately several select extracts from the Iliad, and performed their parts with such judgement and propriety , that we discovered new beauties in the passages that had before excited our admiration.”

The travels of Anacharsis, the younger, in Greece, during the middle of the fourth century before the Christian æra: Abridged from the original work of the abbé Barthelem, Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, printed by J.D. Dewick for Vernor and Hood, 1800.

Woodcut from the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493.