Alien Wisdom: The Limits of Hellenization

By Arnaldo Momigliano

During this vintage research of cultural war of words Professor Momigliano examines the Greeks' angle towards the modern civilizations of the Romans, Celts, Jews, and Persians. reading cultural and highbrow interplay from the fourth in the course of the first centuries B.C., Momigliano argues that during the Hellenistic interval the Greeks, Romans, and Jews loved an particular unique dating that assured their lasting dominance of Western civilization.

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Less than the counsel of Nehemiah and his successors the Jews have been cause on keeping apart themselves from the encircling international locations. They depended on in God and his legislation, for a similar function, the Greeks relied on their very own intelligence and initiative, have been unceremoniously competitive and contributed all over the place to hectic the peace of the Persian Empire on which the reconstruction of Judaism depended. 100 and 20 years after Nehemiah and Pericles Greeks and Jews came upon themselves less than the keep watch over of Alexander the good - a Greek-speaking Macedonian who thought of himself the inheritor of the Persian kings.

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