Chapter 1 deals with the influence and impact of Hellenization
in Judea in general and Galilee in particular.
This intimacy, classicism and striking realism, combined with the haunting wistfulness of these faces, is not a million miles away from the melancholy world of the encaustic wax al-Fayum portraits of the 1st century CE, which were also products of the Hellenization
of the East.
Parthian understood Hellenization
through Greco-Bactrian culture and Greekcities.
This is the risk that Hellenization
embraces--that people can engage on this level without reflexive recourse to violence.
Thus, although this seems to be the one branch of the family demonstrating a propensity for the adoption of Macedonian/Greek names, (30) the family identity of Anu-balassu-iqbi's mother was preferred over any (potential) goal of Hellenization
With what has been categorized as the Hellenization
of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, namely, employing the philosophies of Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, and others, as ways of faith seeking understanding, there arose a series of heresies which spawned a number of Church Councils with their creeds designed to refute heresy and protect orthodoxy.
Among the topics addressed in 16 essays: the process of Hellenization
in the early Middle Ages, the historical context of iconoclast reform, the origins of Byzantine charity, and the transmission of Fermat's Last Theorem.
Although our knowledge of the Ptolemaic period is rather meager and the exact path of Hellenization
in Judea during the Ptolemaic period is not clear, it is reasonable to assume that individuals of Kohelet's stature feared the influence of Hellenism on Judaism.
Momigliano's book Alien Wisdom: The Limits of Hellenization
(Cambridge 1975) with its relevant Iranian chapter and also to a discussion on the image of Iran and its culture in the Greek art and letters in T.
A further signal development has been the recognition that there is much in early Christian literature that can be viewed positively in philosophical terms (the flipside to Harnack's old thesis that Hellenization
led Christianity away from its roots).
While this Hellenization
was occurring all around the Mediterranean ever since the expansion of Alexander the Great, Antiochus IV Epiphanes was particularly aggressive in his Hellenizing program.
, he relates to it as a process of isolating the lower classes under the worldview of the upper classes at that time.