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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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Our study of Ancient history is complicated by the lack of written contemporary sources. Each begins with a fantastic creation story, followed by a mythical ancestral period, and then finally accounts of recent kings who seem to be historical, with no demarcations in between.

During his own time and later, however, the History of Babylonia was not distributed widely. Do you have another book in the pipeline? Greek historiography in general, Hellenistic historiography in particular, and even Babylonian and Egyptian history. 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 on Beroswus mythology was preserved.

Both their works are also lost, possibly considered too manefho, but Eusebius Bishop of Caesaria c. However, scholars have questioned whether it would have been possible to work under the Seleucids and then relocate to a region experiencing Ptolemaic control late in life.

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

His account of the Flood preserved in Syncellus is extremely similar to versions of beeossus Epic of Gilgamesh that we have presently. Do you set out with a basic hypothesis that you wish to demonstrate, and organise your material accordingly, or do you start out with an idea that inspires you, and let the material lead you where it will?


Schnabel, Burstein think that a number of references are not what Berossus wrote himself but later interpolations by Jewish writers to make a reading conform to Genesis pp. Something obviously very big happened in the history of the world in the Hellenistic period.

Please enter an answer in digits: Not surprisingly, no one before Gmirkin has ever supposed that Berossus is the direct source for ahd 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, written in poor Greek Burstein, p. 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.

Are there any parallels between Hellenisation and more recent processes of political and social construction influenced by one particular country or culture? 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.

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

Please follow and like us: 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 simplicity of this model is stressed p.

Views Read Edit View history. What was the purpose of these histories? Lambert, “Berossus and Babylonian Eschatology” Iraq, The list of sententiae is very much like lists we find elsewhere e.

An interview with John Dillery, author of Clio’s Other Sons: Berossus and Manetho

This last error is compounded by the large number of typographical errors spread throughout the book. I want to go back and work on the Greek historian Herodotus, and especially his working methods and assumptions.


The Greek text of the Chronicon is also now lost to us but there is an ancient Armenian translation — AD of it, [10] and portions are quoted in Georgius Syncellus ‘s Ecloga Chronographica c. Even if it is true that Manetho did not have the Exodus story in mind p.

Book 1 fragments are preserved in Eusebius and Syncellus above, and describe the Babylonian creation account and establishment of order, including the defeat of Thalatth Tiamat by Bel Marduk.

It is an immensely stimulating book that will foster much future berossjs on Berossus and Manetho.

Most pagan writers probably never read the History directly, and seem to have been dependent on Posidonius of Apamea —50 BCwho cited Berossos in his works. Versions of berossue excerpts of his writings survive, at several removes from the original. Vitruvius credits him with the invention of the semi-circular sundial hollowed out of a cubical block.

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The Church fathers suggested dependence of Berossus on Genesis 1—11, but Hellenistic scholars e. Perhaps what Berossus omits to mention is also noteworthy. The inscription creates the impression of a torchbearer berosdus civilization preserving paideia in the barbaric hinterlands with almost missionary zeal.

Seven later pagan writers probably transmitted Berossus via Poseidonius through an additional intermediary. 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. Dillery rightly stresses the Mesopotamian pedigree of berosus a fish-man sage known as apkallu in Akkadian.

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