Between Greece and Babylonia: Hellenistic Intellectual History in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Between Greece and Babylonia: Hellenistic Intellectual History in Cross-Cultural Perspective

by Kathryn Stevens
Between Greece and Babylonia: Hellenistic Intellectual History in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Between Greece and Babylonia: Hellenistic Intellectual History in Cross-Cultural Perspective

by Kathryn Stevens

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Overview

This book argues for a new approach to the intellectual history of the Hellenistic world. Despite the intense cross-cultural interactions which characterised the period after Alexander, studies of 'Hellenistic' intellectual life have tended to focus on Greek scholars and institutions. Where cross-cultural connections have been drawn, it is through borrowing: the Greek adoption of Babylonian astrology; the Egyptian scholar Manetho deploying Greek historiographical models. In this book, however, Kathryn Stevens advances a 'Hellenistic intellectual history' which is cross-cultural in scope and goes beyond borrowing and influence. Drawing on a wide range of Greek and Akkadian sources, she argues that intellectual life in the Greek world and Babylonia can be linked not just through occasional contact and influence, but also by deeper parallels in intellectual culture that reflect their integration into the same overarching imperial system. Tracing such parallels yields intellectual history which is diverse, multipolar and, therefore, truly 'Hellenistic'.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108419550
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/23/2019
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies
Pages: 454
Product dimensions: 5.67(w) x 8.74(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Kathryn Stevens is Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at University of Durham. Her main research interests are in Greek and Mesopotamian cultural and intellectual history, with a particular focus on the Hellenistic period. She has published articles on Greek geography, Seleucid kingship, ancient libraries and localism in the Hellenistic world, and is currently co-editing the first collected volume on the Astronomical Diaries from Babylon, entitled Keeping Watch in Babylon: The Astronomical Diaries in Context (forthcoming, with J. Haubold and J. Steele).

Table of Contents

1. In search of Hellenistic intellectual history; 2. The study of the heavens; 3. Berossus and the Graeco-Babyloniaca; 4. Alexandria: the missing link?; 5. Kings and scholars; 6. New horizons: Hellenistic intellectual geographies; 7. From Šulgi to Seleucus: Hellenistic local histories; 8. Epilogue: towards a new Hellenistic intellectual history.
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