Ancestor of the West: Writing, Reasoning, and Religion in Mesopotamia, Elam, and Greece

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University of Chicago Press, 2000 - 192 sider
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With Ancestor of the West, three distinguished French historians reveal the story of the birth of writing and reason, demonstrating how the logical religious structures of Near Eastern and Mesopotamian cultures served as precursors to those of the West.

"Full of matter for anyone interested in language, religion, and politics in the ancient world."—R. T. Ridley, Journal of Religious History

"In this accessible introduction to the ancient world, three leading French scholars explore the emergence of rationality and writing in the West, tracing its development and its survival in our own traditions. . . . Jean Bottero focuses on writing and religion in ancient Mesopotamia, Clarisse Herrenschmidt considers a broader history of ancient writing, and Jean-Pierre Vernant examines classical Greek civilization in the context of Near Eastern history."—Translation Review
  

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The Birth of Civilization
3
The First Writing
19
The Intelligence of the World
34
The Gods A Reasonable Religion
51
Writing between Visible and Invisible Worlds in Iran Israel and Greece
67
Elamite Civilization and Writing
69
Consonant Alphabets the Greek Alphabet and Old Persian Cuneiform
90
Old Persian Cuneiform Writing as Cosmological Ritual and Text
108
Writing and Some Thoughts on Hebrew and Greek
126
Writing and Civil Religion in Greece
147
Myths and Reasonings
149
The Polis Shared Power
164
Notes
177
Bibliography
179
Index
183
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Om forfatteren (2000)

Jean Bottéro is an emeritus director of L'École Pratique des Hautes Études.

Clarisse Herrenschmidt is a researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris.

Jean-Pierre Vernant is the former chair of studies in comparative religions at the Collège de France.

Teresa Lavender Fagan has translated more than a dozen books, including Jean-Claude Schmitt's Ghosts in the Middle Ages.

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