I was just searching IMDB, the movie industry data base, good for contacts, credits, etc... and came across this:
Direct Contact: (Phone) Homer has been dead for more than two thousand years.
Known for: Troy / O Brother, Where Art Thou? / The Odyssey
Born: c. 850 BC, Turkey
Died: c. 800 BC
WGA Nominees Announced (From Studio Briefing - Film News. 8 February 2001)