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By Arnaldo Momigliano

During this vintage examine of cultural disagreement Professor Momigliano examines the Greeks' perspective towards the modern civilizations of the Romans, Celts, Jews, and Persians. studying cultural and highbrow interplay from the fourth during the first centuries B.C., Momigliano argues that during the Hellenistic interval the Greeks, Romans, and Jews loved an particular precise courting that assured their lasting dominance of Western civilization.

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Naveh at Mesad Hashavyahu, no longer faraway from Yavneh in primary Judaea, yielded loads of Greek pottery from the final a long time of the 7th century. where seems like a castle and will were occupied by way of Greek mercenaries instead of by way of Greek investors. whilst Jeremiah fled to Egypt he went to Tahpanhes (43. 7; forty four. 1) which was once recognized to the Greek international less than the identify of Daphne and was once most likely already garrisoned via Greek mercenaries, because it definitely was once a bit later lower than King Amasis (570-526). it really is tempting to visualize Jeremiah being acquired by means of Greek infantrymen on Egyptian soil. Contacts survived the exile. reveals of Greek pottery at Bet-Zur at the street from Jerusalem to Hebron are indicators seventy five The Hellenistic discovery of Judaism of brisk alternate within the first a part of the 5th century. Attic sherds of En-gedi belong usually to the overdue 5th and early fourth centuries. we all know from the orator Isaeus that an Athenian mercenary had collected a fortune of 2 abilities at Akko approximately 370 B. C. (4. 7). The earliest cash of Judaea imitate Greek cash within the curiosity of alternate with the Greeks. we don't be aware of what authority was once answerable for them. funds of Yavan - of Greece - will probably be remembered, is pointed out in a single of the papyri, dated 402 B. C, of the Jewish colony of Elephantine in Egypt (Brooklyn Pap. The Jews had different possibilities for contacting Greeks in Mesopotamia in addition to in Egypt. it truly is symbolic Babylonian textual content files a cost of oil to Jehoiakin, the son of the king of Judah, and to seven Greek carpenters who labored for the Babylonian courtroom (Ancient close to japanese Texts, 2 ed. , p. 308). In Egypt local and Persian kings attracted not just Greek and Carian but in addition Jewish mercenaries. The origins of the army colony of Elephantine are unknown, however the writer of the letter which fits below the identify of Aristeas should have chanced on someplace the piece of data that Jewish squaddies helped Psammetichus in his crusade opposed to the king of the Ethiopians (13). The Psammetichus in query is Psammetichus II who had the aid of Greeks, Carians and maybe Phoenicians in his day trip of 589 opposed to Nubia. The graffiti left through those infantrymen at Abu Simbel in decrease Nubia are well-known. If the knowledge of Aristeas is right, Jewish and Greek infantrymen should have rubbed shoulders within the related crusade. The absence of Hebrew graffiti at Abu Simbel could be no longer adequate to throw doubt upon Aristeas. a up to date papyrological discovery exhibits that during the fourth century B. C. a narrative just like the judgement of Solomon used to be recognized in Greece (Pap. Oxy. 2944), yet there is not any signal that it got here from the Bible. Such being the direct facts for contacts among Greeks and Jews ahead of the time of Alexander, we ask the seventy six The Hellenistic discovery of Judaism noticeable query: what did Greeks and Jews make of those numerous possibilities for assembly and figuring out one another? As for the Greeks, the answer's uncomplicated. they didn't sign up the life of the Jews. The little state which used to be later to offer the main radical problem to the knowledge of the Greeks is pointed out nowhere within the extant preHellenistic texts.

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