Vikings were so savage they gave birth to legendary tales of brutal warfare and conquest. At least that’s what we’ve been taught to believe. However, a new study suggests that Vikings may have in fact had much more complicated social structures than previously thought.
Science Daily reports that a new study from researchers at Coventry University examined more than 1,500 characters in Viking literature and finds similar tales to those found in other cultural histories, including “family sagas.”
"This quantitative investigation is very different to traditional approaches to comparative studies of ancient texts, which focus on qualitative aspects,” said Professor Ralph Kenna of Coventry University's Applied Mathematics Research Centre. “Rather than individuals and events, the new approach looks at interactions and reveals new insights -- that the Icelandic sagas have similar properties to those of real-world social networks.”
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