Babylon, Memphis, Persepolis

Babylon, Memphis, Persepolis : Eastern Contexts of Greek Culture

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 139.7 x 203.2 x 15.24mm | 181.44g
  • HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge, Mass, United States
  • English
  • 0674023994
  • 9780674023994
  • 445,327

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"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"

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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

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About Walter Burkert

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

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