The legendary Greek poet (ancient Greek Hómēros, New Ugric Ómiros) was around 850 BC. Probably born in Smyrna (Asia Minor). He is considered one of the earliest witnesses of Greek wine culture. Homer is said to have traveled the country as a blind, moving singer. He died on the Aegean island Chios (Khios) who as " Bordeaux of Greek wine ". In his two famous works, the Iliad (Trojan War) and the Odyssey (Odyssey's Wanderings and Return), wine plays an important role as the "home drink" of his epic heroes, and again and again he describes the "wine-colored sea". As source for the wine of the siege army before Troy he calls Thrace (then the entire Balkan Peninsula) and the island Limnos, The wine from Ismaros (probably identical to the ancient port of Maroneia), he praises as "sweet and genuine - a Göttetrank". The Greek hero Ulysses there received from the Thracian priest king Maron the intoxicating red wine, with which he drunk the one-eyed Cyclops Polyphemus to dazzle in then.