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The Iliad and the Axial Age

June 16th, 2015 · No Comments

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n12/colin-burrow/the-empty-bath: The question of the Iliad often puzzles people, but in terms of previous post and its analysis, we the clue immediately to the enigma of that classic: it pops into existence in the eighth century BCE or later, dead center in the transition to a new epoch as per our discussion. And the Old Testament in parallel is undergoing the same time and motion effect. So the Iliad and Odyssey (and there was a whole corpus of related sagas: note that the tale of the Trojan Horse never made into the two best classics of that era).
The phenomenon of art in relation to periodization of epochs is too confusing to figure at first, but a careful study of the periodizations here shows the way this works…

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