Johann Gottfried Herder

Like the chairs, desk, and personal possessions in the vitrine, the cast of an antique bust of Homer, too, is from Herder’s estate. The works of the Greek poet accompanied Herder throughout his life. He considered Homer’s epics among the richest and most significant texts of world literature. From their very first meeting he repeatedly and emphatically pointed Goethe towards Homer and his epics and placed them on par with the Bible, Shakespeare, and the Works of Ossian.