By Walter Burkert

ISBN-10: 0674643631

ISBN-13: 9780674643635

ISBN-10: 067464364X

ISBN-13: 9780674643642

The tradition of the traditional Greeks has frequently been defined as rising like a miracle from a genius of its personal, owing essentially not anything to its neighbours. Walter Burkert bargains a decisive argument opposed to that view, pointing towards a extra balanced photo of the archaic interval "in which, below the impression of the Semitic East - from writers, craftsmen, retailers, healers - Greek tradition started its detailed flowering, quickly to imagine cultural hegemony within the Mediterranean".

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5 8 T h i s is n o t a b l e p r o o f t h a t , de facto, q u a l i f i e d spe- cialists c o u l d n o t be d e n i e d a c e r t a i n m o b i l i t y a l r e a d y i n the B r o n z e A g e O r i e n t . N o t t o o d i f f e r e n t are the adventures o f the p h y s i c i a n D e m o k e d e s i n the t i m e o f D a r i u s , as related b y H e r o d o t u s : he r e t u r n e d t o his h o m e l a n d against the w i l l o f the G r e a t K i n g , a n d the k i n g was n o t able t o get h i m b a c k .

N I f alabastron 36 b e l o n g s t o g e t h e r w i t h the " W H O A k k a d i a n algameshu A R E P U B L I C a n d t h e H e b r a i c dlgabish, partial correspondence; w i t h smaragdos, raqtu i n A k k a d i a n , pa-ra-ku and marakatam W O R K E R S " there is o n l y v e r y s m a r a g d , w h i c h is bar- i n Mycenaean, bar'qa in Aramaic, i n S a n s k r i t , i t seems pointless t o t r y t o f o l l o w the p a t h o f the w o r d t h r o u g h t h e o r i e n t a l b a z a a r s .

1 9 T h i s then became the t e r m for the m i n t i n g o f G r e e k c o i n s , a l t h o u g h i n t h a t case i t was n o t actually the c o i n b u t rather the m o l d , n o w called charaktet; w h i c h was i n c i s e d d i r e c t l y . T h e t e r m scratcher seems t o p o i n t back t o a practice w h i c h precedes t h e s t r i k i n g o f coins, a practice w h i c h is s h o w n m o s t c l e a r l y i n t h e talents o f Z i n c i r l i . B o r r o w i n g o r coincidence?

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