The Orientalizing Revolution: Near Eastern Influence on Greek Culture in the Early Archaic Age (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Orientalizing Revolution The culture of the ancient Greeks has often been seen as owing practically nothing to its neighbours. This work argues against this view, and, focusing on the period between 750 and 650 BC, demonstrates that Eastern models significantly affected Greek literature and religion.
- Published: 11 August 1998
- Format: Paperback 238 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780674643642 ISBN 10: 067464364X
- Sales rank: 297,419
Full description for The Orientalizing Revolution
The 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 neighbours. Walter Burkert offers a decisive argument against that view, pointing toward a more 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".