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The Orientalizing Revolution: Near Eastern Influence on Greek Culture in the Early Archaic Age
     

The Orientalizing Revolution: Near Eastern Influence on Greek Culture in the Early Archaic Age

by Walter Burkert
 
Ancient Greek culture is often described as a miracle, owing little to its neighbors. Walter Burkert argues against a distorted view, toward a more balanced picture. “Under the influence of the Semitic East—from writers, craftsmen, merchants, healers—Greek culture began its unique flowering, soon to assume cultural hegemony in the Mediterranean.”

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Ancient Greek culture is often described as a miracle, owing little to its neighbors. Walter Burkert argues against a distorted view, toward a more balanced picture. “Under the influence of the Semitic East—from writers, craftsmen, merchants, healers—Greek culture began its unique flowering, soon to assume cultural hegemony in the Mediterranean.”

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Booknews
Burkert (classics, U. of Zurich) draws on archaeological, textual, and historical evidence to demonstrate that eastern models significantly affected Greek literature and religion in the Homeric age, 750-650 B.C. Revised and translated from the original publication in German in 1984. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
American Historical Review

Brilliant...[Burkert] is consistently thorough and challenging...Without denying the role of innate talent, he shows that much of the Greek miracle grew from an openness to influences from other cultures...[His] careful scholarship...has constructed the bridge that he set out to build.
— Carol G. Thomas

Times Literary Supplement

An elegant and academically influential work...The Orientalizing Revolution can be enthusiastically recommended.
— Simon Hornblower

Greece and Rome
Burkert's The Orientalizing Revolution remains an outstanding, or rather the outstanding, contribution to the question of 'Near Eastern influence on Greek culture in the Early Archaic Age.
Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin

This thought provoking work is an updated translation of Burkert's Die orientlisierende Epoche in der griechischen Religion und Literature, 1984...It is refreshing to see a classical scholar follow in the footsteps of eminent Near Eastern scholars such as Cyrus Gordon and Michael Astour who have long argued for interconnections in the ancient Mediterranean world.
— Mark W. Chavalas

American Historical Review - Carol G. Thomas
Brilliant...[Burkert] is consistently thorough and challenging...Without denying the role of innate talent, he shows that much of the Greek miracle grew from an openness to influences from other cultures...[His] careful scholarship...has constructed the bridge that he set out to build.
Times Literary Supplement - Simon Hornblower
An elegant and academically influential work...The Orientalizing Revolution can be enthusiastically recommended.
Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin - Mark W. Chavalas
This thought provoking work is an updated translation of Burkert's Die orientlisierende Epoche in der griechischen Religion und Literature, 1984...It is refreshing to see a classical scholar follow in the footsteps of eminent Near Eastern scholars such as Cyrus Gordon and Michael Astour who have long argued for interconnections in the ancient Mediterranean world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674643635
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1992
Series:
Revealing Antiquity Series
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.92(d)

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Walter Burkert was Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of Zurich.

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