DE NOVIS LIBRIS IUDICIA P. WALCOT, Hesiod and the Near East. Cardiff, Uni- versity of Wales Press, 1966. XIII, 154 p. Pr. sh. 25/--. This book discusses the following parallels between Near Eastern literature and Hesiod: the Hittite (originally Hurrian) Kumarbi and Ullikummi myths with the story of the dynasties of the gods and the castration motif ; Enuma Elish, the Babylonian Creation Epic, which like Hesiod's Theogony culminates in a eulogy of the power and the justice of the greatest god; the Epic of Era by the Babylonian poet Kabti-ili-Marduk, who announces his name (cf. Th. 22), receives his inspiration in the night (cf. Th. 9) and is anxious to affirm the reliability of his work (cf. Th. 27, 28); Egyptian reliefs on which the queen Hatshepsut is produced, dressed and ornamented by all the gods just like Pandora (cf. 70-82) ; the Words of Ahiqar, an Assyrian, who gives advice and makes use of the fable (cf. 203-212); Babylonian wisdom literature, e.g. the Instructions of Shuruppah and the Counsels of Wisdom; Egyptian wisdom texts, e.g. the Instructions of Onchshes- honqy, a combination of narrative and advice addressed to an audience of peasant farmers with images from
Mnemosyne – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1969
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