Berossos between Tradition and Innovation

Geert De Breucker

in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557301
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

Berossos between Tradition and Innovation

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This article aims to contribute to the study of Babylonian traditions in Berossos' time and to reveal how a native Babylonian conceived the history of his culture at that period. It examines how Babylonian and Greek culture converged and shows that Berossos unified Babylonian historical traditions and Greek scholarship and transformed native traditions according to Greek forms and concepts. It also describes Berossos' portrait of Babylonian history and its wider cultural context.

Keywords: Berossos; Babylonian traditions; Babylonian culture; Greek culture; historical traditions; Greek scholarship

Article.  10730 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Historical Archaeology

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