I know there is a word for this, but I can't figure it out. I think it sounds like "mortalized". It means "brought into existence" in a tangible way.

For example, the Iliad and the Odyssey were just stories before Homer wrote them down. He _______ them.

Thank you so much!

It's not anything like "published". It specifically refers to something that was previously an oral tradition or unwritten, and finally someone _____ them.

  • ‘recorded’? But why the insistence on a single word? What is wrong with ‘wrote them down’?
    – Tuffy
    Feb 4 '18 at 21:33
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    You could very well use immortalised: by writing them down, they could no longer die with the only people who knew how to tell the stories. Feb 4 '18 at 21:57
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    If you've got an answer to your own question, feel free to post it as a proper answer, including a links to dictionary entries or usage examples, if possible. You can even accept your own question - that's explicitly encouraged by Stack Exchange. (You may need to accrue at least 15 rep points first, though.)
    – Lawrence
    Feb 5 '18 at 4:02
  • Shed a tear for Homer, suffering the linguistic indignity of externalization!
    – David
    Feb 5 '18 at 21:53

If others are looking for additional words, here are a few possibilities.

  • manifested
  • developed
  • created
  • evinced
  • embodied
  • materialized
  • @braelyn2 You're welcome. I really do love my print edition of Roget's Thesaurus. Mar 7 '18 at 2:31

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