Life in the Homeric Age

Life in the Homeric Age

Life in the Homeric Age

Life in the Homeric Age

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This book is based upon a careful study of the Homeric poems. The earlier works on the same subject have not relieved the author from the obligation of collecting his own material for an independent examination of the questions involved. To Buchholz's Homerische Realien, however, he is greatly indebted for collections of material which have enabled him at times to check the completeness of his own. In the main, he has followed Reichel in the chapter on Homeric Arms. Wherever special acknowledgment was due, he has intended to give it in the foot-notes, as a convenience to the reader, as well as the right of the original author. A list of works important for the study of Homeric antiquities is given on pages xiii-xvi, but the author cannot attempt to give a list of all the works which he has consulted.

The author's point of view has been philological, not archaeological. From the poet's language he has attempted to discover what was before the poet's mind. Such a systematic attempt from the philological side to present an account of the life of the Homeric age, has not been made for more than a generation. This book should prove a complement to works like those of Tsountas and Manatt, The Mycenaean Age, of Ridgeway, The Early Age of Greece, and of Hall, The Earliest Civilization of Greece,which look at nearly the same period from the archaeological point of view. Archaeologists can easily supply from the monuments many . . .

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