Was there a real poet named Homer who wrote ancient Greek epics The Iliad and The Odyssey? Or was “Homer” a made-up name given to several authors who created the master works? Whatever the case, we know Homer plagiarized himself. The opening line of Iliad’s Book XI is identical to the opening line of Odyssey’s Book V: “Now Dawn arose from her couch beside the lordly Tithonos, to bear light to the immortals and to mortal men.” Should we criticize Homer? Nah. No big deal either if you, in the days ahead, imitate some past fine action or brilliant move of yours. Great the first time; it’ll be nearly as great now in a different way.