Alien Wisdom: The Limits of Hellenization

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 23, 1990 - History - 174 pages
In this classic study of cultural confrontation Professor Arnaldo Momigliano looks at the attitude of the Greeks to four different civilizations - the Roman, Celtic, Jewish and Persian - and analyses their cultural and intellectual interactions from the fourth to the first centuries BC. He argues that in the Hellenistic period the Greeks, Romans and Jews formed a special exclusive relationship and effectively established what until recent times was the normal horizon of Western civilization.

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These are six scholarly lectures on the cultural interaction between Greeks and their neighbours in the Hellenistic age. The discussion focuses on the literary evidence with fairly few speculations or interpretations on broader perspectives, so the style might be a bit too academic for most laymen. Read full review


The Greeks and their neighbours in the Hellenistic world
Polybius and Posidonius
The Celts and the Greeks
The Hellenistic discovery of Judaism
Greeks Jews and Romans from Antiochus III to Pompey
Iranians and Greeks
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