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John Dillery, Clio’s Other Sons: Berossus and Manetho, with an afterword on Demetrius. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, , Pp. Book review of Dillery (J.) Clio’s other sons: Berossus and Manetho, with an afterword on Demetrius. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. An Opportunity: Hellenization and World History. Something obviously very big happened in the history of the world in the Hellenistic period.

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Reviewed by Joyce Rilett Wood Toronto. The maxims and accompanying epigram were put up in the sanctuary of the city founder, Cineas. However, the material in Berossus was recorded by Abydenus c. Seven later ,anetho writers probably transmitted Berossus via Poseidonius through an additional intermediary. On the one hand, Dillery is too sweeping in his generalizations about hybrid beings in Greek mythology.

There is a collection of articles mznetho Berossus: Prometheus touts all the many cultural benefits humans have received thanks to his gift of fire Aesch.

Their histories were written in Greek and betray active engagement with Greek historical writing, but at the same time these texts are clearly composed from native records, are organized along lines determined by local systems of time-reckoning, and articulate views that are deeply informed by regional scholarly and wisdom traditions. The Greek text of xnd Chronicon is also now lost berkssus us but there is an ancient Armenian translation — AD of it, [10] and portions are quoted in Georgius Syncellus ‘s Ecloga Chronographica c.


Whether he shared Hellenistic skepticism about the existence of the gods and their tales is unknown, though it is likely he believed them more than the satirist Ovidfor example.

Parallels with the Garden story are acknowledged p.

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Hellenization and World History Something obviously very big happened in the history of the world in the Hellenistic period. Gmirkin supposes that Maneto exclusively based his story of creation on Enuma Elish pp. This is similar to another Manefho history, Chronicle of Nabonidus as well as to the Hebrew Bibleand differs from the rationalistic accounts of other Greek historians like Thucydides.

Where do you start? It is an immensely stimulating book that will foster much future research on Berossus and Manetho.

But the other forms are also influential and will continue to be so and so they should be. In composing his history, Berossus drew on the mythic-historiographical tradition of Mesopotamia, and specifically on such well known texts as the creation myth Enuma ElishAtrahasisand the king lists, which provided the point of departure and conceptual framework for a universal history.

Vitruvius credits him with the invention of the semi-circular sundial hollowed out of a cubical block. Only Eusebius and Josephus preserve narrative material, and both had agendas. Berossus’ achievement may be seen anv terms of how he combined the Hellenistic methods of historiography and Mesopotamian accounts to form a unique composite.

An excerpt from Clio’s Other Sons: Berossus and Manetho, by John Dillery

Description Soon after the death of Alexander the Great, the priest Berossus wrote the first known narrative and comprehensive history of his native Babylon, and the priest Manetho likewise wrote the first such history of his native Egyptian civilization. He also provided an explanation of what he had done in the form of an epigram in elegiac pentameters:. I was interested in a berissus positive set of questions: This book has a bold thesis and detailed argumentation: Verbrugghe and Wickersham argue that the lack of relation between the material in History and the Hellenistic world was not relevant, since Diodorus’ equally bizarre book ,anetho Egyptian mythology was preserved.


The list of sententiae is very much like lists we find elsewhere e. Please enter an answer in digits: Gmirkin analyzes common themes expulsion, conquest, slavery between Manetho and Exodus, but not the biblical text itself. Retrieved from ” https: Most of the names in his king-lists and most of the potential narrative content have been lost or completely mangled as a result.

During his own time and later, however, the History of Babylonia was not distributed widely. Similarly, the great Babylonian king Hammurabi ca. Perhaps it was in response to Greek writers mythologising her bberossus the point where she was described as the founder of Babylon, daughter of the Syrian goddess Derketoand married to Ninus the legendary founder of Nineveh, according to Greek authors.

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