Bridging East and West
I just ran across another good book by Walter Burkert, Babylon, Memphis, Persepolis. It’s written in a popular style with the layperson in mind. The sixteen-page introduction provides a wonderful summary of the interaction of Mesopotamian and Greek culture from the Middle Bronze Age clear past the ascendancy of Greek dominance in the Mediterranean.
I plan on making my students read at least the introduction before they read the Iliad. Having already read Gilgamesh, this short intro will open their mind to the possible connections between these two texts.