Linguistic evidence supports date for Homeric epics

@article{Altschuler2013LinguisticES,
  title={Linguistic evidence supports date for Homeric epics},
  author={E. Altschuler and Andreea S. Calude and A. Meade and M. Pagel},
  journal={Bioessays},
  year={2013},
  volume={35},
  pages={417 - 420}
}
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. Our analysis compared a common set of vocabulary items among the three pairs of languages, recording for each item whether the words in the two languages… Expand
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