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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His claim for the late dating of the Pentateuch is based on a small amount of text. In some ways the influence of colonizing Britain and the English language is a similar case. Eusebius was looking to construct a consistent chronology across different cultures, [10] [ non-primary source needed ] while Josephus was attempting to refute the charges that there was a civilization older than that of berosss Jews.

Again, it is likely that he used king-lists, though it is not known which ones he used. Versions of two excerpts of his writings survive, at several removes from the original. He also provided an explanation of what he had done in the form of an epigram in elegiac pentameters: Like Poseidonius’, neither Alexander’s berosxus Juba’s works have survived.

The Armenian translations of Eusebius and Syncellus’ transmissions Chronicon and Ecloga Chronographicarespectively both record Berossus’ use of “public records” and it is possible that Berossus catalogued his sources.

However, a direct citation name and title is rare in antiquity, and it may have referred to Book 1 of his History. The naturalistic attitude found in Syncellus’ transmission is probably more representative of the later Greek authors who transmitted the work than of Berossus himself.


However, they greatly [12] influenced Renaissance ways of thinking about population and migration, because Annius provided a list of kings from Japhet onwards, filling a historical gap following the Biblical account of the Flood.

In my book I try to work out some of the implications of my view of Berossus and Berosssus by looking at the ways people treat msnetho issues of berossks the past in pre- and post-colonial India.

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Would local non-Greeks have been encouraged to read this document there? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Berossus and Manetho operated at the crossings of several political, social, and intellectual worlds. 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.

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Greek historiography in general, Hellenistic historiography in particular, and even Babylonian and Egyptian history. Hopefully, they will see that humanity is united by common problems and the attempts at solving them, but that the way the problems are defined and the attempted solutions bear the hallmarks of the worlds that produce them. I should add here that I do not think there was just one Greek approach to history; the Greeks practiced all sorts of approaches; they also happened to have the one exemplified by the likes of Herodotus, Thucydides, and Polybius.

More recently, see the studies of D. Lambert, “Berossus and Babylonian Eschatology” Iraq, Eusebius, Chronicle, Table of Contents”. One of the main researchers who worked in this area Arnaldo Momigliano — a massively important and learned scholar — was chiefly interested in why these works were not read by the Greeks.

Pytho is another name for the Oracle at Delphi and transfers them, shining like a beacon, into the fastness of the Hindu Kush. Retrieved from ” https: Yet there are problems. These were in fact an elaborate forgery. Book 3 relates the history of Babylon from Nabonassaros to Antiochus I presumably. Missing elements in brackets: Except where otherwise noted, this work is subject to a Creative Commons Attribution 3. Authors Instructors Media Booksellers Librarians.


Views Read Edit View history. It is an immensely stimulating book that will foster much future research on Berossus and Manetho. Perhaps that works if we see the city at Ai Khanum as an outpost — a sealed off enclave whose Greek inhabitants and visitors merchants?

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

These wise words of ancient men are set up, utterances of famous men, in holy Pytho, Whence Clearchus, having copied them carefully, set them up, shining from afar, in the sanctuary of Cineas.

Eusebius reports that Apollodorus reports that Berossus recountsyears from the first king Aloros to the tenth king Xisouthros and the Babylonian Flood.

You have written several works focusing on history and historiography. Greek words lacking accents: New methods, and old ones too, have challenged this view: