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Section 2 4 The Greeks in Egypt. Introduction The direct influence of Ancient Egyptian literature on Archaic Greece has never been fully acknowledged.
Greek philosophy in particular of the Classical Period has -especially since the Renaissance- been understood as an excellent standard sprung out of the genius of the Greeks, the Greek miracle.
Hellenocentrism was and still is a powerful view, underlining the intellectual superiority of the Greeks and hence of all cultures immediately linked with this Graeco-Roman heritage, such as Alexandrian JudaismEastern Christianity but also Islam via Harran and the translators.
Only recently, and thanks to the critical-historical approachhave scholars reconsidered Greek Antiquity, to discover the "other" side of the Greek spirit, with its popular Dionysian and elitist Orphic mysteries, mystical schools Pythagoraschorals, lyric poetric, drama, proze and tragedies.
Nietzsche, who noticed the recuperation of Late Hellenism by the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment, simplistically divided the Greek spirit into two antagonistic tendencies: For him, Apollo was a metaphor for the eternalizing ideas, for the mummification of life by concepts, good examples and a life "hereafter", "beyond" or "out there".
A life here and now, immanent and this-life.
And what about Judaism? The author s of the Torah avoided the confrontation with the historical fact that Moses, although a Jew, was educated as an Egyptian, and identified Pharaoh with the Crocodile, who wants all things for himself.
It is precisely this influence of Greek thought on Judaism which triggered the emergence of revolutionary sects cf.
Qumransolitary desert hermits and spirito-social communities, seeking to restore the "original" identity of the Jewish nation, as it had been embodied under Solomon and the first templeand turned against the Great Sanhedrin of the temple of Jeruzalem.
Ancient Egyptian civilization was so grand, imposing and strong, that its impact on the Greeks was tremendous. In order to try to understand what happened when these two cultures met, we must first sketch the situation of both parties.
This will allow us to make sound correspondences. All people who did not speak Greek were considered barbarians, with features that the Greeks despised. They were either loathsome tyrants, devious magicians, or dull and effeminate pleasure-seeking individuals.
But Egypt had more to offer ; like India, it was full of old and venerable wisdom. What exactly did the Greeks incorporate when visiting Egypt? They surely witnessed at the earliest in ca. In the same passage of the Timaeus, Plato acknowledges the Egyptians seem to speak in myth, "although there is truth in it.
From it, he copied the contents of the Timaeus The Greeks, and this is the hypothesis we are set to prove, linearized major parts of the Ancient Egyptian proto-rational mindset. Alexandrian Hermetism was a Hellenistic blend of Egyptian traditions, Jewish lore and Greek, mostly Platonic, thought.
Later, the influence of Ptolemaic Alexandria on all spiritual traditions of the Mediterranean would become unmistaken. On this point, I agree with Bernal in his controversial Black Athena It was probably through their impact on Classical Greek culture itself that the Iliad and the Odyssey most subtly affected Western standards and ideas.
Such relatively short songs must have provided the backbone of the tradition inherited by Homer, and his portraits of Demodocus and Phemius are likely to be accurate in this respect. Homer's most important contribution to Greek culture was to provide a common set of values that enshrined the Greeks' own ideas about themselves.
His poems provided a fixed model of heroism. Oct 27, · (Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture, Jaeger pg.3) Homer is that of a mystery; knowledge of his life and who he was is indefinite. All that is really known of him is his two famous writings, the Iliad and the Odyssey, however, in relation to a hymn written in honor of Apollo, Homer was a blind man from the island Chios.
Although very little is known about the life of Greek poet Homer, credited with being the first to write down the epic stories of The Iliad and The Odyssey, the impact of his tales continues to. A lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s “nimble gallop” and brings an ancient epic to new life.
The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home.
Sure, you enjoyed hearing the way Ancient Greek music actually sounded last week, but what about the way Ancient Greek poetry actually sounded?
We can find fewer finer or more recognizable examples of the stuff than Homer's Iliad, and above you can hear a reading of a section of the Iliad (Book 23, Lines ) in the original Ancient Greek language.