The poet Homer is a bit of a riddle himself: tradition holds that he was blind, and various Greek cities claim to be his birthplace, but otherwise there is not much we know for sure about the man (or woman, as some scholars have claimed!) who wrote the Iliad and the Odyssee. There is no concrete evidence that shows that Homer was even a real person!
Still, letís stick with the legend. According to the legend, Homer himself did not know where he was born and he once stopped at Delphi to see if the Oracle could help him out. He was told
`The isle of Ios is your motherís country and it shall receive you dead; but beware the riddles of young children.í
As an old man, he happened to visit the island of Ios, and when he sat on the shore one day he met some children of local fishermen coming back from the sea and asked them what they had caught. They replied:
What we caught we threw away, and what we didnít catch we kept
While Homer was trying to work it out, he remembered the oracle and realised his time was up. While still trying to figure out the answer to the riddle, he slipped, bumped his head and died.
So, can you answer the riddle instead?