Re: Greeks and Egyptians
Jack Kolb <kolb <at> UCLA.EDU>
2004-03-01 09:19:33 GMT
Thanks for your response, Bob. Of course I wasn't posing the question
myself, merely forwarding it from the Straight Dope newsletter, in order to
show how it responded (which requires going to the webaddress given, of
course). Good to have your information, nevertheless. Best, Jack
Dept. of English, UCLA
kolb <at> uclae.du
>All very tough questions. I guess there's the problem of what the Greeks
>did get and what at least some of them thought they got.
>E.g.: Herodotus thought they got their gods from Egypt, or at least,
>greatly impressed by the antiquity of what he found there, wanted to think
>Herodotus II.4: "But as regarding human affairs, this was the account in
>which they all agreed: the Egyptians, they said, were the first men who
>reckoned by years and made the year to consist of twelve divisions of the
>seasons. They discovered this from the stars (so they said). ----- Further,
>the Egyptians first used the appellations of twelve gods which the Greeks
>afterwards borrowed from them."
>There's a beginning and your queries raise the wonderful question of how the
>Greeks without much real history available to them constructed their own
>past in their minds.
>e-mail bazemore <at> post.harvard.edu
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Jack Kolb" <kolb <at> UCLA.EDU>
>To: <CLASSICS-L <at> LSV.UKY.EDU>
>Sent: Sunday, February 29, 2004 3:20 AM
>Subject: Greeks and Egyptians
> > [I'm trying to catch up with a huge backlog of mail; my apologies if this
> > has already been noted]
> > STAFF REPORT
> > Dear Straight Dope:
> > I was watching a special on Egyptian gods today, and this
> > question came up. When one society conquers another (as
> > when the Greeks conquered the Egyptians), usually elements
> > of the conquered society are incorporated into the
> > conqueror's. Are there any Greek gods that came out of the
> > Egyptian conquest? --Rick Garnett
> > Guest contributor Fierra replies:
> > Could be.
> > Expecting a little more, were we? OK, you asked for it.
> > There are several aspects to your question:
> > 1. Were elements of Egyptian society incorporated into
> > Greek society?
> > 2. Were any Egyptian gods incorporated into the Greek
> > pantheon?
> > 3. Did this only take place amongst the Greeks living in
> > Egypt, or among those Greeks back in Greece too?
> > 4. What evidence do we have and how reliable is it?
> > For more, see:
> > http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mgreekegyptgods.html