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Orientalizing Revolution : Near Eastern Influence on Greek Culture in the Early Archaic Age (92 Edition)

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The splendid culture of the ancient Greeks has often been described as emerging like a miracle from a genius of its own, owing practically nothing to its neighbors. Walter Burkert offers a decisive argument against that distorted view, pointing toward a balanced picture of the archaic period "in which, 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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The rich and splendid culture of the ancient Greeks has often been described as emerging like a miracle from a genius of its own, owing practically nothing to its neighbors. Walter Burkert offers a decisive argument against that distorted view, replacing it with a balanced picture of the archaic period "in which, under the influence of the Semitic East, Greek culture began its unique flowering, soon to assume cultural hegemony in the Mediterranean". Burkert focuses on the "orientalizing" century 750-650 B.C., the period of Assyrian conquest, Phoenician commerce, and Greek exploration of both East and West, when not only eastern skills and images but also the Semitic art of writing were transmitted to Greece. He tracks the migrant craftsmen who brought the Greeks new techniques and designs, the wandering seers and healers teaching magic and medicine, and the important Greek borrowings from Near Eastern poetry and myth. Drawing widely on archaeological, textual, and historical evidence, he demonstrates that eastern models significantly affected Greek literature and religion in the Homeric age.

About the Author

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

University of Zurich

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. "Who Are Public Workers": The Migrant Craftsmen

Historical Background

Oriental Products in Greece

Writing and Literature in the Eighth Century

The Problem of Loan-Words

2. "A Seer or a Healer": Magic and Medicine

"Craftsmen of the Sacred": Mobility and Family Structure

Hepatoscopy

Foundation Deposits

Purification

Spirits of the Dead and Black Magic

Substitute Sacrifice

Asclepius and Asgelatas

Ecstatic Divination

Lamashtu, Lamia, and Gorgo

3. "Or Also a Godly Singer": Akkadian and Early Greek Literature

From Atrahasis to the "Deception of Zeus"

Complaint in Heaven: Ishtar and Aphrodite

The Overpopulated Earth

Seven against Thebes

Common Style and Stance in Oriental and Greek Epic

Fables

Magic and Cosmogony

Conclusion

Abbreviations

Bibliography

Notes

Index of Greek Words

General Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674643642
Subtitle:
Near Eastern Influence on Greek Culture in the Early Archaic Age
Translator:
Pinder, Margaret E.
Translated:
Pinder, Burkert, Walter, Margaret
Author:
Pinder, Margaret
Author:
Burkert, Walter
Author:
Pinder, Margaret E.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Ancient & Classical
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Subject:
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
Subject:
HISTORY / Middle East/General
Copyright:
Series:
Revealing Antiquity
Series Volume:
Volume 5
Publication Date:
August 1998
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 b/w 3 ln 1 map
Pages:
238
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in 10 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The rich and splendid culture of the ancient Greeks has often been described as emerging like a miracle from a genius of its own, owing practically nothing to its neighbors. Walter Burkert offers a decisive argument against that distorted view, replacing it with a balanced picture of the archaic period "in which, under the influence of the Semitic East, Greek culture began its unique flowering, soon to assume cultural hegemony in the Mediterranean". Burkert focuses on the "orientalizing" century 750-650 B.C., the period of Assyrian conquest, Phoenician commerce, and Greek exploration of both East and West, when not only eastern skills and images but also the Semitic art of writing were transmitted to Greece. He tracks the migrant craftsmen who brought the Greeks new techniques and designs, the wandering seers and healers teaching magic and medicine, and the important Greek borrowings from Near Eastern poetry and myth. Drawing widely on archaeological, textual, and historical evidence, he demonstrates that eastern models significantly affected Greek literature and religion in the Homeric age.
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