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27 April 2009 @ 06:36 pm
Apollonius & Atrahasis  
Apollonius of Tyana

And waffle.

I can't say I was particularly impressed by the work. It seemed somewhat amateur, with attempts at Herodotan descriptions, but little of substance. The 'philosophy', though admirable, never really came across as powerfully as it does with the Plato I have read. It was of interest as an insight into the 1st century in the Medittereanean, the cultures, the practices, but I can't say I will be recommending it or returning to it in a hurry. Definitely a minor text, rather than something to focus on for research. As for me once thinking I could use it as a weapon against Christianity? Dead.and.Buried.

Atrahasis

This was rather better. I gained a much better understanding of the nature of these Akkadian Epics - that is, they were recorded as backbones, around which poets would work, transforming what can seem rather dry, formulaic written works into much grander, oral renditions. The poem itself was rather bland, with a great deal of repetition, but the divine dispute, leading to the deluge, was interesting, as was the God-man relationship which parallels Noah & Yahweh. It is difficult to write a review of these fragmented poems, as you only ever get a portion of the whole, and a reconstructed portion at that. They are still of interest and worthy of exploration, given their impact upon later literature, but they are rather a struggle to work through. One is rather overburdened by Lacunas.

I am going to read the Enuma Elish next, then move on back to Greece proper.