Babylon, Memphis, Persepolis: Eastern Contexts of Greek Culture

Babylon, Memphis, Persepolis: Eastern Contexts of Greek Culture


By (author) Walter Burkert

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  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 203mm x 15mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 4 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0674023994
  • ISBN 13: 9780674023994
  • Sales rank: 335,575

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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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Author information

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

Review quote

"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"

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Alphabetic Writing 2 Orientalizing Features in Homer 3 Oriental Wisdom Literature and Cosmogony 4 Orpheus and Egypt 5 The Advent of the Magi Abbreviations Ancient Sources in Various Translations Bibliography Notes Index