Mitos, Dioses, Heroes En El Mediterraneo Antiguo
James, N., Antiquity
J.M. BLAZQUEZ. Mitos, dioses, heroes en el Mediterraneo antiguo. 383 pages. 1999. Madrid: Real Academia de la Historia; 84-89512-33-7 paperback.
M.C. Astour, dedicatee of the 29 papers and subject of the two interviews assembled by YOUNG et al., has been a crucible of Semitic philology, biblical studies, Classics, archaeology and, most basically, historical geography. He has argued that Middle Eastern influence on the Aegean was massive during the Bronze Age and into the Iron Age. To illustrate the wealth of this collection, suffice it to mention R.E. Averbeck's long paper on textual conventions in the Gudea cylinders, W.T. Pitard's assessment of the meaning of en at Ebla, H.A. Hoffner on Hittite homicide, S.D. Walters on Old Testament boozing, B.J. Beitzel's discriminations between diffusion and migration in the development of bronze in Palestine, J. Scurlock's clearly illustrated analysis of textual evidence for `Neo-Assyrian battle tactics', G.A. Rendsburg on the coalition of the Tribes of Israel, E.M. Yamauchi's assessment of Herodotus (broad, dispassionate observation arrestingly written), J. Zarins on the archaeology and etymology of the incense trade to ancient Persia and India, and C.H. Gordon's little disquisition on how the levitate illustrates exchange between Indo-Hittite and Semitic tradition.
Voyaging much further west with the Phoenicians, Prof. BLAZQUEZ relates a range of archaeological finds from late Iron Age and Roman Spain and the Central Mediterranean to the evidence of literature (including Old Testament and Homer), iconography and archaeology from the Aegean and Near East. His principal interest, in the 15 papers collated here, is the influence of Semitic religion.
The 13 papers gathered by COLEMAN & WALZ complement YOUNG et al. …