The Orientalizing Revolution: Near Eastern Influence on Greek Culture in the Early Archaic Ageby 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 Eastfrom writers, craftsmen, merchants, healersGreek culture began its unique flowering, soon to assume cultural hegemony in the Mediterranean.”
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
An elegant and academically influential work...The Orientalizing Revolution can be enthusiastically recommended.
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
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Walter Burkert was Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of Zurich.
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