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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Gmirkin mentions the snake in the Epic of Gilgamesh who stole and ate the plant of life that would keep Gilgamesh eternally youthful p. Kraeling agrees with Dillery, however, that Kronos was manethho only god sending the Flood in Berossus. Their histories were written in Greek and betray active engagement with Greek historical writing, but at the same time these berowsus 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.

Both their works are also maetho, possibly considered too long, but Eusebius Bishop of Caesaria c. Is this view of history more or less influential today than it was in the Ancient world?

Missing elements in brackets: These were in fact an elaborate forgery.

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

If this, indeed, is what Berossos presumed, he made a mistake that would cost him interested Greek readers who were accustomed to a much more varied and lively historical narrative where there could be no doubt who was an evil ruler and who was not. According to Vitruvius’s work de Architecturahe relocated eventually to the island of Kos off the coast of Asia Minor and established a school of astrology there [6] by the patronage of the king of Egypt.


GmirkinBerossus and Genesis, Manetho and Exodus: Berossus’ achievement may be seen in terms of how he combined the Hellenistic methods of historiography and Mesopotamian accounts to form a unique composite. Seven later pagan writers probably transmitted Berossus via Poseidonius through an additional intermediary.

Versions of two excerpts of his writings survive, at several removes from the original. Berossus associates Babylonia and the postdiluvian city Babylon with the events of Creation and Flood, and Manetho inserts into a historical framework stories about Egyptian kings that were stored in Houses of Life, centers of priestly learning.

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One does need to stress the great humanity of ancient Greek literature, but at the same time you need to show your students that ancient Greek culture is not our own — that its literature was produced was produced in very specific times and places. How the Celts Came to An. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This is his third book. Elsewhere, he included a geographical description of Babylonia, similar to that found in Herodotus on Egyptand used Greek classifications.

Those already steeped in Babylonian historical lore would recognize the pattern and understand the interpretation of history Berossos was making. Nothing like these histories had been produced before in these cultures.

Thus, he underlines the importance of distinguishing statements of Manetho from those of Josephus who identified the Hyksos with the Jews on the basis of the similarities between the Israelites of the Exodus story and the Hyksos of Manetho pp.

In this volume John Dillery charts the interactions of all these features of these historians. That Hellenization means not, or not just, the use of ancient Greek and Greek culture, but that the Greek language and the culture that produced it became things to think with in the ancient world more broadly.


However, a direct citation name and title is rare in antiquity, and it may have referred to Book 1 of his History. Whether he shared Hellenistic skepticism about the existence of the gods and their tales is unknown, though it is likely he believed them more than the satirist Ovidfor example.

Erroneous addition in brackets: I was interested in a more positive set of questions: The fragments of the Babylonaica found in three Christian writers’ works are probably dependent on Alexander or Juba or both. Polyhistor’s numerous works included a history of Assyria and Babylonia, while Juba wrote On the Assyriansboth using Berossus as their primary sources. Eusebius’ other mentions of Berossus in Praeparatio Evangelica are derived from Josephus, Tatianus, and another inconsequential source the last cite contains only, “Berossus the Babylonian recorded Naboukhodonosoros in his history”.

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The naturalistic attitude found in Syncellus’ transmission is probably more representative of the later Greek authors who transmitted the work than of Berossus himself. As historian and archaeologist W.

Schnabel, Burstein think that a number of references are not what Berossus wrote himself brossus later interpolations by Jewish writers to make a reading conform to Genesis pp.

Gmirkin analyzes common themes expulsion, conquest, slavery between Manetho and Exodus, but not the biblical text itself.