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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Well, I think a lot depends on how the teacher presents the material. Both of these early Hellenistic native priests—who wrote now fragmentary histories of their respective homelands in Greek—have received a lot of scholarly attention recently. Yet this volume is an intriguing read because it challenges us at every turn to think about source-critical questions and to ask about the direction of literary dependence.
The most direct source of material on Berossus is Josephus, received from Alexander Polyhistor. Gmirkin analyzes manehho themes expulsion, conquest, slavery between Manetho and Exodus, but not the biblical text itself.
Gmirkin supposes that Berossus exclusively based his story of creation on Enuma Elish pp. Verbrugghe and WickershamBerossos and Manethopp.
Not surprisingly, no one before Gmirkin has ever supposed that Berossus berosss the direct source for the authors of Genesis 1—11, especially since the hypothesis implies that learned Jews of the third century BCE chose an inferior literary work on Babylonian history, berossys in poor Greek Burstein, p.
Our study of Ancient history is complicated by the lack of written contemporary sources.
Even if it is true that Manetho did not have the Exodus story in mind p. Your book is partly about Hellenisation, the process of diffusion of Greek culture.
Both their works are also lost, possibly considered too long, but Eusebius Manetjo of Caesaria c. As historian and archaeologist W. There is a collection of articles on Berossus: The list of sententiae is very much like lists we find elsewhere e.
Other than human speech, there is no resemblance between the snake of Genesis and the half-fish-half-human monster of Berossus pp.
An interview with John Dillery, author of Clio’s Other Sons: Berossus and Manetho
Similarly, the great Babylonian king Hammurabi ca. Nothing like these histories had been produced before in these manettho. This early approach to historiography, though preceded by Hesiod, Herodotus, and the Hebrew Bible, demonstrates its own unique approach.
Could they mmanetho Greek, or were they even literate in any language? Though one must be careful about how much can be described of the original work, his apparent resistance to adding to his sources is noteworthy, as is the lack of moralising he introduces to those materials he is not familiar with.
The fragments of the Babylonaica found in three Christian writers’ works are probably dependent on Alexander or Juba or both. Rather, like the merman Oannes, the merman Triton can be associated with wisdom, such as when Triton offers advice and prophecy to Jason and the Argonauts Hdt. Only in Book 3 do we see his opinions begin to enter the picture. The simplicity of this model is stressed p. Gmirkin rightly stresses the indebtedness of Genesis 1—11 to Mesopotamian sources p.
Pytho is another name for the Oracle at Delphi and transfers them, shining like a beacon, into the fastness of the Hindu Kush. This page was last edited on 10 Julyat The ancient Greeks and others know that writing history is about selection, emphasis esp.
Manethp is some evidence that he resisted adding information to his research, especially for the earlier periods with which he was not familiar.
Clio’s Other Sons
However, a direct citation name and title is rare in antiquity, and it may have referred to Book 1 of his History. New methods, and old ones too, have challenged this view: In my book Gerossus try to work out some of the implications of my view of Berossus and Manetho by looking at the ways people treat the issues of curating the past in pre- and post-colonial India. GmirkinBerossus and Genesis, Manetho and Exodus: Perhaps Berossos was a prisoner of his manstho methodology and purpose.
Jewish and Christian references to Berossus probably had a different source, either Alexander Polyhistor c. Erroneous addition in brackets: How the Celts Came to Britain.
An interview with John Dillery, author of Clio’s Other Sons: Berossus and Manetho – Runciman Award
From Berossus’ genealogy, it is clear he had access to king-lists in compiling this section of Historyparticularly in the kings before the Flood, and from the 7th century BC with Senakheirimos Sennacheribwho ruled both Assyria and Babylon. Reviewed by Joyce Rilett Wood Toronto. If Berossos believed in anv continuity of history with patterns that repeated themselves i.
What we have of ancient Mesopotamian myth is somewhat comparable with Berossus, though the exact integrity with which he transmitted his sources is unknown because much of the literature of Mesopotamia has not survived. Vitruvius credits him with the invention of the semi-circular sundial hollowed out of a cubical block. Something obviously very big happened in the history of the world in the Hellenistic period.