Hellenosemitica: An Ethinic and Cultural Study in West Semitic Impact on Mycenaean Greece

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Brill Archive, 1967 - Civilization - 424 pages
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Michael Astour, student of the great American Semiticist, Cyrus Herzog Gordon, has given us a profound, breakthrough work on the cultural interconnections between archaic Greek civilization and the civilization of the Near East. Like Gordon his teacher, Astour is a wonderful synthesist, and he brings together all manner of disparate evidence to demonstrate that during the late Bronze and early Iron Ages (roughly 1450 b.c to 1150 b.c.), a common Hellenic-Semitic culture could be found throughout the Levant--the Eastern Mediterranean Seaboard. This work is to be recommended to all students of the ancient Near East, as well as to students of the Hebrew Bible, Old Testament, and Israelite History. The book is even more remarkable for the stellar quality of the English writing, which is neither banal vernacular nor turgid academese.
Don G. Schley
 

Contents

Cadmos and the Cadmids
113
Bellerophon and other GrecoSemitic HealerHeroes
225
Bellerophons genealogy
250
Bellerophon and Anteia
256
Parallels with Hippolytos and Phaethon
267
Jason and the BirdHeroes of
276
Aietes Circe and the land of Aia
283
The plot of the Argonauts epic and the myth of Zu
289
Cheiron and Asclepios
299
myth and symbolism
305
The myths of Ascalaphos
314
Evidence of Archaeology and Epigraphy
323
Abbreviations of Serials and Periodicals
362
Additions and Corrections
387
Index of Proper Names
403
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