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By Gustave Glotz

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ISBN-13: 9780415155748

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Require knowledge and experience which are most easily transmitted within one family, the son prefers to follow the same trade as his father. This is frequent in the liberal professions ; the Melampidre appropriate divination and the Asclepiadre medicine, j ust as the Homeridre supply the most celebrated bards ; often, too, the herald' s office becomes a family monopoly, so that in historical times Eleusis still had its Ceryces and Sparta its Talthybiadre. But among the craftsmen also talent is hereditary ; Phereclos, the skilful boat-builder, is son of the carpenter Harnlonides.

Homer also describes for us the rags of the country slave-a dirty patched tunic, leggings and gloves of cow-hide to protect him from scratches, and a goat­ skin cap . . The quarters vary according to the place. Laertes' men shelter in a shed, lying in all their clothes on the ashes of the hearth. But the palaces are provided with servants' quarters for the female staff. The slaves who are scattered about the land can build themselves comfortable cabins. Eumreos has built himself on high ground a big stone house with a fore­ hall and a gallery.

While the epics delight in describing the lif«a of the landed aristocracy, they leave the small holder in the shade. But they introduce the typical peasant to us in the person of Laertes. He appears in his orchard, uncovering a tree. " He is clad in a dirty, mended chiton ; about his legs he has tied patched leggings to keep him from scratches ; gloves protect his hands against thorns, and his head is covered with a goat­ skin cap, which completes the wretchedness of his appear­ ance. " To fill in this portrait we must turn to Hesiod.

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