By Richard Stoneman
From Herodotus to Freya Stark, writers were encouraged by way of Turkey, a various nation on the crossroads of historical past, for millennia. the following, Richard Stoneman describes in energetic aspect the awesome literature they produced. At a time while Turkey’s place at the fringe might be set to alter to a deeper involvement in Europe, the necessity to comprehend the rustic is much more compelling. the diversity of shuttle writing represented during this publication exhibits how, whereas political conditions may well swap, the entice of Turkey is still constant.
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We must remember that several millennia separate the anonymous author of the hymn to Nanna and our late antique commentators. When Plutarch, for example, says of the Egyptians that they take the moon as the mother of the world and ascribe to it an hermaphroditic nature, since it is impregnated by the sun and becomes pregnant and then by itself sends generated matter in the air and scatters it here and there, we must take into account the Greek author's own religious or philosophical biases. E. Edessan philosopher Bar Daysan "looked at the Sun and the Moon; with the Sun he compared the Father, with the Moon the Mother," this may reflect the influence of astrological doctrine upon Bar Daysan's rather eclectic teachings.
Every ancient Mesopotamian city had particular divinities that it elevated above all others, t2 ANET, 562-563. THE CITY'S FOUNDATION TO THE FALL OF NABONIDUS 23 even while it acknowledged and worshipped the power of other gods. , the deity who occupied that supreme position was Sin, the Moon god and Lord of the city. It was the multiform powers of this god that were, 2500 years after the founding of Harran, to provide one of the strongest links between the Muslims and the pre-Islamic culture of the ancient Near East.
It has been suggested that the growing interest in the astral deities and astral prophecy in the Near East during this period was a direct consequence of the conquest of Mesopotamia by the Persians, whose own religion contained many astral elements. We shall shortly consider whether that claim is true. E. E. , but Harran is not mentioned in our available sources at any time during that interval. Although it is doubtful whether Alexander himself ever came to Harran, a Macedonian military colony was stationed on the ancient site, now transcribed as Karran, by its Seleucid rulers.
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