The Orientalizing Revolution: Near Eastern Influence on Greek Culture in the Early Archaic Age (Revealing Antiquity)

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

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