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Both of these early Hellenistic native priests—who wrote now fragmentary histories of their respective homelands in Greek—have received a lot of scholarly attention recently. Dillery rightly stresses the Mesopotamian pedigree of such a fish-man sage known as apkallu in Akkadian. That such a responsibility would have been given to what was in effect a sea monster seems to me to be not very Hellenic in conception.
On the one hand, Dillery is too sweeping in his generalizations about hybrid beings in Greek mythology. Rather, like the merman Oannes, the merman Triton can be associated with wisdom, such as when Triton offers advice and prophecy to Jason and the Argonauts Hdt. PV Despite his Mesopotamian origins, therefore, the wise, part-fish culture hero Oannes would actually not have been all that alien to Greek mythic experience.
Although Berossus only mentions the one god Kronos here, nowhere does Berossus say that it is specifically Kronos who sends the Flood. Although he claims that Josephus engages with historians on Egypt as far back as Hecataeus of Abdera and Manetho, Dillery has already noted that Josephus actually goes all the way back to Herodotus. This last error is compounded by the large number of typographical errors spread throughout the book. It is an immensely stimulating book that will foster much future research on Berossus and Manetho.
Lang There is a collection of articles on Berossus: J. Haubold, G. Lanfranchi, R. Rollinger, and J. Steele, eds. Whitmarsh and S. Thomson, eds. Haubold and one on Manetho by J.
Radner and E. Robson, eds. Moyer, Egypt and the Limits of Hellenism Cambridge , esp. For antecedents of this argument, see P. Fraser, Ptolemaic Alexandria Oxford , vol. I, ; O. More recently, see the studies of D. Verdin, G. Schepens, and E.
De Keyser, eds. Contra E. Kraeling agrees with Dillery, however, that Kronos was the only god sending the Flood in Berossus. Erroneous addition in brackets: 10 n. Skip to content BMCR Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, Notes 1.
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