- Title Pages
- Part I A Credo
- Chapter 1 Archaeology
- Chapter 2 Greek Archaeology and Greek History
- Chapter 3 The New Archaeology and the Classical Archaeologist
- Chapter 4 A Paradigm Shift in Classical Archaeology?
- Chapter 5 Separate Tables? A Story of Two Traditions within One Discipline
- Part II The Early Iron Age in Greece
- Chapter 6 Metalwork as Evidence for Immigration in the Late Bronze Age
- Chapter 7 The Coming of the Iron Age in Greece: Europe's Earliest Bronze / Iron Transition
- Chapter 8 The Euboeans in Macedonia: A New Precedent for Westward Expansion?
- Chapter 9 The Rejection of Mycenaean Culture and the Oriental Connection
- Chapter 10 An Historical Homeric Society?
- Part III The Early Polis at Home and Abroad
- Chapter 11 Archaeology and the Rise of the Greek State
- Chapter 12 Heavy Freight in Archaic Greece
- Chapter 13 Interaction by Design: The Greek City State
- Chapter 14 The Economics of Dedication at Greek Sanctuaries
- Chapter 15 Archaeology and the Study of the Greek City
- Chapter 16 The Nature and Standing of the Early Western Colonies
- Part IV The Early Polis at War
- Chapter 17 The Hoplite Reform and History
- Chapter 18 The Historical Significance of Fortification in Archaic Greece
- Chapter 19 The ‘Hoplite Reform’ Revisited
- Part V Early Greek Art
- Chapter 20 Poet and Painter in Eighth-century Greece
- Chapter 21 Narration and Allusion in Archaic Greek Art
- Chapter 22 The Uses of Writing on Early Greek Painted Pottery
- Chapter 23 Pausanias and the Chest of Kypselos
- Part VI Archaeological Survey
- Chapter 24 Survey Archaeology and the Rural Landscape of the Greek City
- Chapter 25 Rural Burial in the World of Cities
An Historical Homeric Society?
An Historical Homeric Society?
- (p.173) Chapter 10 An Historical Homeric Society?
- Archaeology and the Emergence of Greece
- Edinburgh University Press
Supporters of a unified and historical Homeric society have to face (as their opponents do not) the immediately ensuing question: so when did such a society exist in Greece? Some writers have joined to move the date of Homer's lifetime down into the seventh century. Unity of authorship and background between the Iliad and Odyssey is indeed a quite separate issue, though an important one; the division of opinion may cut right across the line of division as to whether Homeric society is historical or not. It will probably be sufficient to concentrate on the two extreme practices of dowry and ‘bride-price’, for a society combining these two might be expected to take indirect dowry in its stride. Theoretically at least, one and the same society could combine these two practices in one and the same marriage; or it could use them on different marriage-occasions in the same social milieu; or it could practise them in marriages at two different social levels.
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