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The luxurious tradition of the traditional Greeks has usually been defined as rising like a miracle from a genius of its personal, owing essentially not anything to its pals. Walter Burkert deals a decisive argument opposed to that distorted view, pointing towards a balanced photo of the archaic interval "in which, below the impact of the Semitic East--from writers, craftsmen, retailers, healers--Greek tradition all started its designated flowering, quickly to imagine cultural hegemony within the Mediterranean.

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