An Historical Homeric Society?

Anthony Snodgrass

in Archaeology and the Emergence of Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623334
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653577 | DOI:
An Historical Homeric Society?

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Supporters of a unified and historical Homeric society have to face (as their opponents do not) the immediately ensuing question: so when did such a society exist in Greece? Some writers have joined to move the date of Homer's lifetime down into the seventh century. Unity of authorship and background between the Iliad and Odyssey is indeed a quite separate issue, though an important one; the division of opinion may cut right across the line of division as to whether Homeric society is historical or not. It will probably be sufficient to concentrate on the two extreme practices of dowry and ‘bride-price’, for a society combining these two might be expected to take indirect dowry in its stride. Theoretically at least, one and the same society could combine these two practices in one and the same marriage; or it could use them on different marriage-occasions in the same social milieu; or it could practise them in marriages at two different social levels.

Keywords: Homeric society; Homer; Greece; Iliad; Odyssey; dowry; marriage; bride-price

Chapter.  9295 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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