- Publisher: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Hardback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 146mm x 208mm x 20mm | 340g
- Publication date: 17 November 2004
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
- ISBN 10: 0674014898
- ISBN 13: 9780674014893
- Sales rank: 745,020
This book traverses the ancient world's three great centres 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.
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Walter Burkert is Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of Zurich.
"Babylon, Memphis, Persepolis is a unique survey of the thought-world of the ancient Near East and Mediterranean. There is an insight in almost every sentence, a challenge in every paragraph, and a lifetime of study in every chapter. The author manages this without losing his sense of wonder, and this is the greatest achievement of the book." - John Ray, Times Literary Supplement "Babylon, Memphis, Persepolis: Eastern Contexts of Greek Culture reflects its origin as a lecture series and reads smoothly, with Burkert's prodigious scholarship made manifest in the 30 pages of endnotes. For those unconvinced by Bernal, this wide-ranging and scholarly demonstration that Greek culture did not emerge in isolation might just be the right book." - John Bennet, Times Higher Education Supplement"