A home run. A homing pigeon. A referee or official who is thought to favor the team playing at home. Hit a home run. ( 8th century bc ) , Greek epic poet. He is traditionally held to be the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey , although modern scholarship has revealed the place of the Homeric poems in a preliterate oral tradition. In later antiquity, Homer was regarded as the greatest poet, and his poems were constantly used as a model and source by others.