Prompted by the question How old was Nestor is there any reference to how much Homer considered a generation to be?

I cannot seem to find any good reference that is reliable and sourced correctly, most sites in my search results have varying numbers but no specific sources or pages to consult on whether their interpretation is the correct one.

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Since Homer wrote primarily from a male perspective, we can roughly equate a generation with the average age of marriage for males in Ancient Greece, which would be around 30 years. From the female perspective, it would be 15 years. For the wife to be fully accepted into the groom’s family, a child had to be conceived from their union as soon as possible after marriage.

The only exception would be Sparta, where men married around 20 years of age, but would spend most of their time in the barracks until they reached the age of 30.

  • That was my thought also, your link really ties the answer together. I'll accept your answer tomorrow to give other people a chance to answer. My thanks!
    – Tom Sol
    Oct 29, 2020 at 7:23

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