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Homer’s Histories: a Balance of the Dating Proposals of Homeric Poems

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Author(s): GUSTAVO OLIVEIRA

Journal: História e Cultura
ISSN 2238-6270

Volume: 01;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 126;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Homeric Society | Greek Epic | Oral Tradition.

ABSTRACT
Dating the Homeric poems is a polemic subject, filled with difficulties. Even so, the poems have been used as historical sources, generally without any significant remarks about the difficulty in solving main problems in how the poems are put into context. The focus of this paper is to trace the possibilities of historical approaches which use the Homeric poems as sources and pointing out the particularities, the assumption and the problems presented in each type of approach. At last, it is suggested an alternative approach which has, as the starting point, the dating of the tradition to which the poems belong, considering them valid testimonies of such a long-lasting oral tradition.
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