The Orientalizing Revolution (Paperback)

Near Eastern Influence on Greek Culture in the Early Archaic Age (Revealing Antiquity #5)

By Walter Burkert, Margaret E. Pinder (Translator)

Harvard University Press, 9780674643642, 238pp.

Publication Date: August 11, 1998

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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.