The Homeric Palace

The Homeric Palace

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The Homeric Palace

The Homeric Palace

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The Homeric king was a man of flocks and herds, of the many-clodded field, and of the swift black ship. These aspects of his life denote at once the sources of his wealth and of his danger. As he lived in a state of society quite well organized, that wealth was never entirely patriarchal. The number of his acres and the herds that fed on them may indeed have formed the basis of his riches, but his black ship brought him booty as well as the products of other lands; and the trading people, half merchants, half kidnappers and pirates, gave him in exchange, perhaps for cattle, wool or slaves, the works of cunning men, of Hittites, Phenicians and Egyptians.

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