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Eric Lewin Altschuler, Andreea S. Calude, Andrew Meade and Mark Pagel Linguistic evidence supports date for Homeric epics BioEssays 35

Version of Record online: 18 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/bies.201200165

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The Homeric epics are among the greatest masterpieces of literature, but when they were produced is not known with certainty. Here we apply evolutionary-linguistic phylogenetic statistical methods to differences in Homeric, Modern Greek and ancient Hittite vocabulary items to estimate a date of approximately 710–760 BCE for these great works.

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