Greek poets to know and love.

Homer

Eighth or seventh century BCE?

Odyssey Book 1, lines 1-10

The Odyssey begins

ἄνδρα μοι ἔννεπε, μοῦσα, πολύτροπον,

Tell me, Muse, of the resourceful Odysseus

Iliad Book 1, lines 1-21

The Iliad begins

μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος

Sing O Muse of the wrath of Achilles