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New Research Establishes The True Age of Homer’s Epics

Monday, February 18, 2013 8:08 am EST
"When the Homeric epics were produced is not known with certainty"

Homer’s Iliad, the ancient retelling of the Trojan wars, is one of the great masterpieces of literature, but historians have long debated exactly how old this great work is. Now researchers writing in BioEssays have applied evolutionary-linguistics in order to analyze the differences in vocabulary between modern and historical texts.

“When the Homeric epics were produced is not known with certainty,” said lead author Dr. Mark Pagel. “Here we apply evolutionary-linguistic phylogenetic statistical methods to differences in Homeric, Modern Greek and ancient Hittite vocabulary items to estimate a date of approximately 710–760 BCE for these great works.”


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