Babylon, Memphis, Persepolis
Eastern Contexts of Greek Culture
By (author) Walter Burkert
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Babylon, Memphis, Persepolis by Walter Burkert
Book DescriptionThis book traverses the ancient world's three great centres of cultural exchange - Babylonian Nineveh, Egyptian Memphis, and Iranian Persepolis - to situate classical Greece in its proper historical place, at the Western margin of a more comprehensive Near Eastern-Aegean cultural community that emerged in the Bronze Age and expanded westward in the first millennium B.C.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674023994
(210mm x 140mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 4-May-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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Ancient Mystery Cults, Paperback (July 1989)» View all books by Walter Burkert
The foremost historian of Greek religion providers the first comprehensive, comparative study of a little-known aspect of ancient religious beliefs and practices.
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Author Biography - Walter Burkert
Walter Burkert is Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of Zurich.
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