Geneticists are backing up classicists and agreeing on a date for Homer's Iliad.
Saying that language behaves extraordinarily like genes, the scientists agree with an 9th C. BCE date for the celebrated epic. The scientists tracked the words in the "Iliad" the way they would track genes in a genome, using a tool known as the Swadesh word list. To read more and see the fascinating way that genetics, classics and linguistics can come together, check out this link
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In this opinion piece in the New York Times, Eleanor Jones Harvey, curator at the Smithsonian Institution, argues that although American painters avoided directly painting scenes of the Civil War, their fascination with natural phenomena and meteorology provide commentary on our national upheaval. americas-moral-volcano