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Promise-Giving and Treaty Making: Homer and the Near East (Mnemosyne, Bibliotheca Classica Batava Supplementum) [Hardcover]

Promise-Giving and Treaty Making: Homer and the Near East (Mnemosyne, Bibliotheca Classica Batava Supplementum) [Hardcover]

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This book challenges the current view of the Homeric epics that they reflect only the institutions and ideas of the Dark Ages, during which they were composed, telling us nothing about the Mycenaean Age preceding it. Comparing evidence from the Near East with the Homeric corpus, Peter Karavites argues that the epics actually contain much that harks back to the Mycenaean Age, and that the two eras may not be completely discontinuous after all. Most contemporary scholars maintain that the mighty Mycenaean period was almost completely separated from the Dark Ages and that virtually no evidence of the former remains, with the exception of the archeological finds and the meager testimony of the Linear B tablets. However, the Near Eastern evidence about treaties and other forms of promising suggests that the Iliad and Odyssey may indeed provide historical pictures of the Mycenaean times featured in their narratives.



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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1991
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004095675  
ISBN13  9789004095670  


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