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Re: [ANE-2] India's Babylon connection

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  • George F Somsel
    A very simple matter.  All you need to do is to go to Washington, DC, USA and visit the Library of Congress  :-) http://tinyurl.com/5k2n4y  george gfsomsel
    Message 1 of 8 , Dec 4, 2008
      A very simple matter.� All�you need to do is to go to Washington, DC, USA and visit the Library of Congress� :-)


      � search for truth, hear truth,
      learn truth, love truth, speak the truth, hold the truth,
      defend the truth till death.

      - Jan Hus

      From: Peter T. Daniels <grammatim@...>
      To: ANE-2@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, December 4, 2008 10:13:53 AM
      Subject: Re: [ANE-2] India's Babylon connection

      NYPL's copy is lost, and Columbia's is in Offsite Storage, which used to be a few blocks away in a warehouse on 125th St. but is now in Princeton, which I do not have access to.�
      Peter T. Daniels grammatim@verizon. net
      ____________ _________ _________ __
      From: "goranson@duke. edu" <goranson@duke. edu>
      To: ANE-2@yahoogroups. com
      Sent: Thursday, December 4, 2008 7:53:21 AM
      Subject: Re: [ANE-2] India's Babylon connection

      Quoting "Peter T. Daniels" <grammatim@verizon. net>:

      > Jack Sasson reprinted it for its amusement value.
      > There was an Indic-speaking elite in Mittani evidenced by 13 lexical
      > items having to do with horse-racing, 4 divine names�who witness a
      > treaty, and 81 personal names. See O'Callaghan, Aram Naharaim (1948);
      > Mayrhofer, Die Indo-Arier im alten Vorderorient (1966) [mostly an
      > extensive annotated bibliography] l and Kammenhuber (1968) [of which
      > there is no copy within 50 miles of NYC].

      If you mean
      Die Arier im vorderen Orient /
      Annelies Kammenhuber
      German Book 295 p.; 24 cm.
      Heidelberg: Carl Winter Universit�tsverlag,
      Worldcat indicates copies at Columbia U and NY Pub Res Lib.

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    • Graham Hagens
      Further to this, Thomas McEvilley s study of the close connections between the emergence of Upanishadic and Greek philosophy during the Achaemenian period
      Message 2 of 8 , Jan 9, 2009
        Further to this, Thomas McEvilley's study of the close connections
        between the emergence of Upanishadic and Greek philosophy during the
        Achaemenian period makes interesting reading. (The Shape of Ancient
        Thought, 2002). Babylon appears then to have been a melting pot of
        South Asian, Zoroastrian, Greek and Hebrew ideas - a point also made
        by Mary Boyce in her histories of Zoroastrianism.

        The Aryan deities referred to in the first post were of course a
        common feature of the various Indo-Aryan-Avestan cultures during the
        second millennium

        Graham Hagens

        --- In ANE-2@yahoogroups.com, "Trudy Kawami" <tkawami@...> wrote:
        > The comments cited are not controversial in that no scholar posits a
        > direct line from the (few Indo-European) Mittani to modern North
        > (And note that the writer has the Mittani ruling Babylon!) But such
        > facile linkages are popular with a fairly recent political movement
        > India to connect all things Indo-European, Hindu/Vedic and even
        > Hararpan(!) in a sort of six-degrees-of-separation. While it may
        > harmlessly nutty, the flip side is not harmless.
        > For those wishing to understand the Babylon-India connection in the
        > first millennium BCE I would suggest Dan Potts essay "DIFFERING
        MODES OF
        > & Potts, D.T., eds. Memory as History: The Legacy of Alexander in
        > New Delhi: Aryan Books International,2007, pp. 122-130.
        > Trudy Kawami
        > ________________________________
        > From: ANE-2@yahoogroups.com [mailto:ANE-2@yahoogroups.com] On
        Behalf Of
        > Clark Whelton
        > Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 6:58 PM
        > To: ANE-2@yahoogroups.com
        > Subject: [ANE-2] India's Babylon connection
        > From http://www.merinews.com/catFull.jsp?articleID=147891
        > <http://www.merinews.com/catFull.jsp?articleID=147891>
        > via the Agade list
        > "Did you know that the Sanskrit-speaking rulers of Babylon were the
        > forefathers of the north Indian Hindus? If one was to follow the
        > Mittani trail from Babylon to India one would see that Aryans are
        > Mittani descendants..."
        > "... if we just compare the North Indian dialect and culture with
        > that of the Mittanis one would see a striking resemblance. Certain
        > theorems, proper names and other terminology of the Mitanni exhibit
        > Indo-Aryan superset, suggesting that an Indo-Aryan elite imposed
        > itself over the Hurrian population in the course of the Indo-Aryan
        > expansion. Even the origin of the Aryan deities like Mitra, Varuna,
        > Indra and Nasatys (Ashvins) seem to have a Mittani origin. If one
        > follows Mittani texts then one would be able to trace the root of
        > certain numbers and words..."
        > I know nothing about this subject. Can anyone tell me if the above
        > statements are controversial?
        > Clark Whelton
        > New York
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