02 Mar 2013

Glottochronology Confirms 8th Century B.C. Date of Composition of the Iliad

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Achilles fighting with Hector, attic vase 490 BC.

Researchers using Swadesh words have estimated that the Iliad was written in 762 B.C., give or take 50 years, dating the epic to pretty much the time that the scholarly consensus already believed it was written on philological grounds.

Inside Science story

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Eric Lewin Altschuler, Andreea S. Calude, Andrew Meade, Mark Pagel, Linguistic evidence supports date for Homeric epics

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Hat tip to Walter Olson.

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