Dating iliad

10-Sep-2017 23:06

Homer’s style, whoever he was, falls more in the category of minstrel poet or balladeer, as opposed to a cultivated poet who is the product of a fervent literary moment, such as a Virgil or a Shakespeare.The stories have repetitive elements, almost like a chorus or refrain, which suggests a musical element.

encompasses the story of the Trojan War, so some scholars have thought it fit to put the poet and chronicler nearer to the time of that actual event.

Also, many references are to eighth century phenomena, such as athletic games, the polis, the institution of the oracle at Delfi, colonization, and descriptions of eighth century daily life.