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In this passage, Homer appeals to the Muses, who lived on Olympus and were goddesses of the arts and sciences, as well as goddesses of poetic inspiration. In this case, they are his inspiration as he recites the epic of The Iliad. In this passage, he is saying that he cannot possibly remember or recount this illustrious epic unless the Muses are there to guide him in his memory.
Homer suggests that the Muses reliable, impartial and objective because they have witnessed, from their home high above on Mount Olympus, the events of the siege of Troy....
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