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p. 413. Homeric questions: Did Homer exist and is the Iliad accurate?locked

  • Eric H. Cline

Abstract

‘Homeric questions: Did Homer exist and is the Iliad accurate?’ examines the validity of the literary record. Little is known of Homer, who may not have been a single individual. If he did exist, he lived ca. 750 bce, 500 years after the events of the Trojan War, a period over which the story could be accurately transmitted orally. The epics are composed of details and data from both Bronze and Iron Ages, but preserve details of objects unused at the time of writing. Neoanalysis has uncovered echoes of an earlier tradition in the epics. The events of the epics are ultimately believable, although some poetic licence has been taken.

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