Babylon, Memphis, Persepolis: Eastern Contexts or Greek Culture

Babylon, Memphis, Persepolis: Eastern Contexts or Greek Culture

Editorial: Harvard

Páginas: 178

Año: 2004

EAN: 9780674014893

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The author points to the critical role of the development of writing in the ancient Near East, from the achievement of cuneiform in the Bronze Age to the rise of the alphabet after 1000 b. C. From the invention and diffusion of alphabetic writing, a series of cultural encounters between "Oriental" and Greek followed. Burkert details how the Assyrian influences of Phoenician and Anatolian intermediaries, the emerging fascination with Egypt, and the Persian conquests in Ionia make themselves felt in the poetry of Homer and his gods, in the mythic foundations of Greek cults and in the firts steps toward philosophy.