Babylon, Memphis, Persepolis: Eastern Contexts of Greek Culture by Walter Burkert | 9780674014893 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Babylon, Memphis, Persepolis: Eastern Contexts of Greek Culture

Babylon, Memphis, Persepolis: Eastern Contexts of Greek Culture

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by Walter Burkert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674014898

ISBN-13: 9780674014893

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: Harvard University Press

At the distant beginning of Western civilization, according to European tradition, Greece stands as an insular, isolated near miracle of burgeoning culture. This book traverses the ancient world's three great centers of cultural exchange-Babylonian Nineveh, Egyptian Memphis, and Iranian Persepolis-to situate classical Greece in its proper historical place, at the

Overview

At the distant beginning of Western civilization, according to European tradition, Greece stands as an insular, isolated near miracle of burgeoning culture. This book traverses the ancient world's three great centers of cultural exchange-Babylonian Nineveh, Egyptian Memphis, and Iranian Persepolis-to situate classical Greece in its proper historical place, at the Western margin of a more comprehensive Near Eastern-Aegean cultural community that emerged in the Bronze Age and expanded westward in the first millennium B.C. In concise and inviting fashion, Walter Burkert lays out the essential evidence for this ongoing reinterpretation of Greek culture. In particular, he points to the critical role of the development of writing in the ancient Near East, from the achievement of cuneiform in the Bronze Age to the rise of the alphabet after 1000 B.C. From the invention and diffusion of alphabetic writing, a series of cultural encounters between "Oriental" and Greek followed. Burkert details how the Assyrian influences of Phoenician and Anatolian intermediaries, the emerging fascination with Egypt, and the Persian conquests in Ionia make themselves felt in the poetry of Homer and his gods, in the mythic foundations of Greek cults, and in the first steps toward philosophy. A journey through the fluid borderlines of the Near East and Europe, with new and shifting perspectives on the cultural exchanges these produced, this book offers a clear view of the multicultural field upon which the Greek heritage that formed Western civilization first appeared.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674014893
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Alphabetic Writing16
2Orientalizing Features in Homer21
3Oriental Wisdom Literature and Cosmogony49
4Orpheus and Egypt71
5The Advent of the Magi99
Abbreviations127
Ancient Sources in Various Translations129
Bibliography131
Notes143
Index173

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