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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Instead, the reduced association between Mesopotamia and the Greco-Roman lands during Parthian rule was partially responsible. It is suggested that it was commissioned by Antiochus I, perhaps desiring a history of one of his newly acquired lands, or by the Great Temple priests, seeking justification for the worship of Marduk in Seleucid lands.

In this volume John Dillery charts the interactions of all these features of these historians.

Berossus – Wikipedia

Josephus’ records of Berossus include some of the only extant narrative material, but he is probably dependent on Alexander Polyhistor, [ citation needed ] even if manwtho did give the impression that he had direct access to Berossus.

But if Berossus was able to deduce from Enuma Elish that Tiamat the primeval sea was darkness, then the writer of Gen 1: Eusebius reports that Apollodorus reports that Berossus recountsyears from the first king Aloros to the tenth king Xisouthros and the Babylonian Flood.

Pytho is another name for the Oracle at Delphi and transfers them, shining like a beacon, into the fastness ans the Hindu Kush. How can Gmirkin be certain that Manetho mentioned Moses but also argue that Manetho knew nothing about Jewish traditions?

I was interested in a more positive set of questions: Erroneous addition in brackets: The inscription creates the impression of a torchbearer of civilization preserving paideia in the barbaric hinterlands with almost missionary zeal. Berossus associates Babylonia and the postdiluvian city Babylon with the events of Creation and Flood, and Manetho inserts into a historical framework stories about Egyptian kings that were stored in Houses of Life, centers of priestly learning.


According to Vitruvius’s work de Architecturahe relocated eventually to the island of Kos off the coast of Asia Minor and established a school of astrology there [6] by the patronage of the king of Egypt.

One of nad 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.

Greek culture, the one I know best and with which I am principally concerned, went from being the possession of a relatively small number of people clustered around the shores of the Eastern and Central Mediterranean to a tool of communication and social construction in the hands of many, many more people and in many other places, some quite far from the central Greek homelands.

Within this construction, the sacred myths blended with history. The fragments of the Babylonaica found in three Christian writers’ works are probably dependent on Alexander or Juba or both. Eusebius’ other mentions of Berossus in Praeparatio Evangelica are derived from Josephus, Tatianus, and another inconsequential source the last cite contains only, “Berossus manehto Babylonian recorded Naboukhodonosoros in his history”.

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. Manegho Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Elsewhere, he included a geographical description of Babylonia, similar to that found in Herodotus on Egypt manefho, and used Greek classifications. The Greek text of the Chronicon is also now lost to us but there is an ancient Armenian translation — AD of it, [10] and portions are quoted in Georgius Syncellus ‘s Ecloga Chronographica c. Perhaps what Berossus omits to mention is also noteworthy. This early approach to historiography, though preceded by Hesiod, Herodotus, and the Berosdus Bible, demonstrates its own unique approach.


Gmirkin supposes that Berossus exclusively based his story of creation on Enuma Elish pp. Our study of Ancient history is complicated by the lack of written contemporary sources. Read comments on this berosaus or berossuw a comment on the BMCR blog. Versions at several removes of the remains of Berossos’ lost Babyloniaca are given by two later Greek epitomes that were used by the Christian Eusebius of Caesarea for his Chronological Canonsthe Greek manuscripts of which have been lostbut which can be largely recovered by the Latin translation and continuation of Jerome and a surviving Armenian translation.

A Most Dangerous Book. Berossus wrote Babyloniaca to instruct Greco-Macedonian rulers about Babylon and its cultural history Burstein, pp. Berossus’ work was not popular during the Hellenistic period.

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

Here we see his interpretation of history for the first time, moralising about the success and kanetho of kings based on their moral conduct. Bryn Mawr Classical Review The Church fathers suggested dependence of Berossus on Genesis 1—11, but Hellenistic scholars e.

Schnabel, Burstein think that a number of references are not what Berossus wrote himself but later interpolations by Jewish writers to make a reading conform to Genesis pp.