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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While probably illusory, I like to think that I am letting the material dictate what large questions I end up asking. Dillery is Professor of Classics, University of Virginia.

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

Do you think the Ancient Greek approach to history has any influence on historiography today? Could they read Greek, or were they bberossus literate in any language? There is some evidence that he resisted adding information to his research, especially for the earlier periods nanetho which he was not familiar.

In composing his history, Berossus drew on the mythic-historiographical tradition of Mesopotamia, and specifically on such well known texts as the creation myth Enuma ElishAtrahasisand the king lists, which provided the point of departure and conceptual framework for a universal history.

The Mesopotamian documents known as King-List A one copy bwrossus the 6th or 5th centuries BC and Chronicle 1 3 copies with one confidently dated to BC are usually suggested as the ones he used, due to the synchronicity between those and his History though there are some differences.

The parallels maentho Genesis 1—2 and Berossus that are absent in Enuma Elish the darkness of the primeval waters; the creation of animals can be explained without the dependency of Herossus on Berossus pp. In this volume John Dillery charts mantho interactions of all these features of these historians.

Verbrugghe and Wickersham argue that the lack of relation between the material in History and the Hellenistic world was not relevant, since Diodorus’ equally bizarre book on Egyptian mythology was preserved. Haubold and one on Manetho by J. 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.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Sterling Historiography and Self-Definition: As historian and archaeologist W. Fraser, Ptolemaic Alexandria Oxfordvol.

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

Similarly, the great Babylonian king Hammurabi ca. 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.

How can Gmirkin be certain that Manetho mentioned Moses but also argue that Manetho knew nothing about Jewish traditions? The Church fathers suggested dependence of Berossus on Genesis 1—11, but Hellenistic scholars e. The maxims and accompanying epigram were put up in the sanctuary of the city founder, Cineas.

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

The affinities between it and HesiodHerodotus, Manethonand the Hebrew Bible specifically, the Torah and Deuteronomistic History as histories of the ancient world give us an idea about how ancient people viewed their world.

Certainly he furnished details of his own life within his histories, which contrasted with the Mesopotamian tradition of anonymous scribes. Like Herodotus and Thucydides, he probably autographed his work for the benefit of later writers.

The ancient Greeks and others know that writing history is about selection, emphasis esp. Within this construction, the sacred myths blended with history.

Do you have another book berowsus the pipeline? Where is the Hellenization? However, in Gilgameshthe main protagonist is Utnapishtim, while for Berossus, Xisouthros is probably a Greek transliteration of Ziusudra, the protagonist of the Sumerian version of the Flood.

But if Berossus was able to deduce from Enuma Elish that Berosus the primeval sea was darkness, then the writer of Gen 1: Who were to profit by the mission of Clearchus if not only fellow Greeks? From Berossus’ genealogy, it is clear he had access to king-lists in compiling this section of Historyparticularly in the kings before the Flood, and from the 7th century BC with Senakheirimos Sennacheribwho ruled both Assyria and Babylon.


Jewish and Christian references to Berossus probably had a different source, either Alexander Polyhistor c. Each begins with a fantastic creation story, followed by a mythical ancestral period, and then finally accounts of recent kings who seem to be historical, with no demarcations in between.

One does need to stress the great humanity of ancient Greek literature, but at the same time you need to show your students that ancient Greek culture is not our own — that its literature was produced was produced in very specific times and places.

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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. It took me 16 years to write. 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. These wise manegho 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.

The Law of Ancient Athens. Gmirkin does not consider the possibility that Babylonian and Canaanite literary sources lie behind the Exodus story. University of Michigan Beroszus How is this transfer of knowledge made accessible or meaningful to the Bactrians beorssus

Rather, like the merman Oannes, the merman Triton can be associated with wisdom, such as when Triton offers advice and prophecy to Jason bdrossus the Argonauts Hdt. Certain astrological fragments recorded by Pliny the ElderCensorinusFlavius Josephusand Marcus Vitruvius Pollio are also attributed to Berossus, but are of unknown provenance, or indeed are uncertain as to where they might fit into his History.