The majority of these places have been identified and were occupied in the Late Bronze Age. The consensus before the mid-twentieth century was that the Catalogue of Ships was not the work of the man who composed the Iliad,  though great pains had been taken to render it a work of art;  furthermore, that the material of the text is essentially Mycenaean or sub-Mycenaean, while disagreement centers largely on the extent of later additions.
Others contend that the Catalogue is based on the time of Homer himself in the eighth century BCE and represents an anachronistic attempt to impose contemporary information to events five centuries earlier. Catalogue[ edit ] In the Iliad, the Greek Catalogue lists twenty-nine contingents under 46 captains, accounting for a total of 1, ships.
The terms DanaansArgives and Achaeans or the sons of the Achaeans are used for the army as a whole.
The whole northwestern part of Greece is not mentioned and it is these peoples Epirotes, Macedonians, some Thessalians etc. The separate debate over the identity of Homer and the authorship of the Iliad and the Odyssey is conventionally termed "the Homeric Question ".
Visser argues that this knowledge was transmitted by the heroic myth, elements of which introduce each geographical section. They are named by various ethnonyms and had lived in places described by toponyms.
In the most recent extended study of the Catalogue, Edzard Visser, of the University of Basel, concludes that the Catalogue is compatible with the rest of the Iliad in its techniques of verse improvisation, that the order of the names is meaningful and that the geographical epithets evince concrete geographical knowledge.
By then a tribal identity called the Dorians had enveloped western Greece, the Peloponnesus and Cretewhile the shores of Ionia were densely populated by a people claiming to descend from families in the now-Dorian regions of Greece.
If taken to be an accurate account, the Catalogue provides a rare summary of the geopolitical situation in early Greece at some time between the Late Bronze Age and the eighth century BCE.
Hardly any of them are Dorian. In his Library, Apollodorus lists thirty contingents under 43 leaders with a total of ships,  Hyginus lists ships, although the total is given as only ships. Map of Homeric Greece In the debate since antiquity over the Catalogue of Ships, the core questions have concerned the extent of historical credibility of the account, whether it was composed by Homer himself, to what extent it reflects a pre-Homeric document or memorized tradition, surviving perhaps in part from Mycenaean times, or whether it is a result of post-Homeric development.Most Common Text: Click on the icon to return to mint-body.com and to enjoy and benefit.
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Auto Suggestions are available once you type at least 3 letters. Use up arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+up arrow) and down arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+down arrow) to review and enter to select. The Catalogue of Ships (Ancient Greek: νεῶν κατάλογος, neōn katálogos) is an epic catalogue in Book 2 of Homer's Iliad (), which lists the contingents of the Achaean army that sailed to Troy.
The catalogue gives the names of the leaders of each contingent, lists the settlements in the kingdom represented by the contingent, sometimes with a descriptive.
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