Bravo Homer! BBC asked over 108 authors, critic, academics from 35 countries to name the top 10 stories that most contributed to mankinds' thinking, culture and evolution. They came up with a list starting and ending with Homer. The #1 exceptional masterpiece of human inspiration was.... The Odyssey by Homer in the 9th century B.C. and the #10 was the Iliad by Homer.
So the most important to have shaped our world views was the Odyssey. His first opus, the Iliad, was in 10th place. FYI: ''Plato tells us that in his time many believed that Homer was the educator of all Greece. Since then, Homer's influence has spread far beyond the frontiers of Hellas (Greece). Werner Jaeger in Paideia wrote, ''The Iliad and The Odyssey have provided not only seeds but fertilizer for almost all the others arts and sciences in Western culture.''
So Greece's Homer was responsible for 2 of the top 10 books of all times to add to our shaping of the world and it's evolution.
Second place was Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stow in 1952, the Frankenstein by Mary Shelly in 1818, 1984 by George Orwell in 1949. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes in 1605-1615 was 7th place, Hamlet by Shakespeare written in 1603 was in 8th place, 100 years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 1967 was in 9th place.