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The Orientalizing Revolution

Near Eastern Influence on Greek Culture in the Early Archaic Age

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$34.50 • £27.95 • €31.00

ISBN 9780674643642

Publication Date: 08/11/1998

Academic Trade

238 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

5 halftones, 3 line illustration, 1 map

Revealing Antiquity


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • 1. “Who Are Public Workers”: The Migrant Craftsmen
    • Historical Background
    • Oriental Products in Greece
    • Writing and Literature in the Eighth Century
    • The Problem of Loan-Words
  • 2. “A Seer or a Healer”: Magic and Medicine
    • “Craftsmen of the Sacred”: Mobility and Family Structure
    • Hepatoscopy
    • Foundation Deposits
    • Purification
    • Spirits of the Dead and Black Magic
    • Substitute Sacrifice
    • Asclepius and Asgelatas
    • Ecstatic Divination
    • Lamashtu, Lamia, and Gorgo
  • 3. “Or Also a Godly Singer”: Akkadian and Early Greek Literature
    • From Atrahasis to the “Deception of Zeus”
    • Complaint in Heaven: Ishtar and Aphrodite
    • The Overpopulated Earth
    • Seven against Thebes
    • Common Style and Stance in Oriental and Greek Epic
    • Fables
    • Magic and Cosmogony
  • Conclusion
  • Abbreviations
  • Bibliography
  • Notes
  • Index of Greek Words
  • General Index

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