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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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. In this volume John Dillery charts the interactions of all these features of these historians. A Most Dangerous Book. Gmirkin rightly stresses the indebtedness of Genesis 1—11 to Mesopotamian sources p.

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

Like Poseidonius’, neither Alexander’s nor Juba’s works have survived. This is similar to another Babylonian history, Chronicle of Nabonidus as well as to the Hebrew Bibleand differs from the rationalistic accounts of other Greek historians like Thucydides.

But the other forms are also influential and will continue to be so and so they should be. Despite his Mesopotamian origins, therefore, the wise, part-fish culture hero Oannes would actually not have been all that alien to Greek mythic experience.

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Otherwise, I think one tends to hunt aand answers that one has already determined to be the right ones. Lambert, “Berossus and Babylonian Eschatology” Iraq, 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 manethho you, and let the material lead you where it will? Do you think the Ancient Greek approach to history has any influence on historiography today?


If befossus, 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. 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.

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. Retrieved from ” https: Vitruvius credits him with the invention of the semi-circular sundial hollowed out of a cubical block.

What subjects are you particularly inspired by at the moment? According to him, all knowledge was revealed to humans by the sea monster Oannes after the Creation, and so Verbrugghe and Wickersham Eusebius reports that Apollodorus reports that Berossus recountsyears from the first king Aloros to the tenth king Xisouthros and the Babylonian Flood.

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The inscription creates the impression of a torchbearer of civilization preserving paideia in the barbaric hinterlands with almost missionary zeal. Nothing like these histories had been produced before in these cultures. Our study of Ancient history is complicated by the lack of written contemporary sources.

Fraser, Ptolemaic Alexandria Oxfordvol. Dillery is Professor of Classics, University of Virginia. That such a responsibility would have been given to what was in effect a sea monster seems to me to be not very Hellenic in mqnetho.


Gmirkin mentions the snake in the Epic of Gilgamesh who stole and ate the plant of life that would keep Gilgamesh eternally youthful p. 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.

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

an University of Michigan Press I started by thinking hard about why these non-Greek priests — Berossus the Babylonian and Manetho the Egyptian — would want to write a history of their native lands in a language not their own, using in some cases methods of treating the past that were not their own, but from elements that were.

Yet this volume is an intriguing read because it challenges us at every manetno to think about source-critical questions and to ask about the direction of literary dependence.

What next for you? The Pentateuch was written in the third century BCE circa — by the same Jewish scholars who translated the Hebrew text into Greek pp.

Similarly, the great Babylonian king Hammurabi ca. In some ways the influence of colonizing Britain and the English language is a similar case. The maxims and accompanying epigram were put up in the sanctuary of the city founder, Cineas.