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

Ancestor of the West

Writing, Reasoning and Religion in Mesopotamia, Elam and Greece

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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"

Forewordp. vii
Translator's Notep. xiii
Religion and Reasoning in Mesopotamia
The Birth of Civilizationp. 3
The First Writingp. 19
The Intelligence of the Worldp. 34
The Gods: A Reasonable Religionp. 51
Writing between Visible and Invisible Worlds in Iran, Israel, and Greece
Elamite Civilization and Writingp. 69
Consonant Alphabets, the Greek Alphabet, and Old Persian Cuneiformp. 90
Old Persian Cuneiform: Writing as Cosmological Ritual and Textp. 108
Writing--and Some Thoughts on Hebrew and Greekp. 126
Writing and Civil Religion in Greece
Myths and Reasoningsp. 149
The Polis: Shared powerp. 164
Notesp. 177
Bibliographyp. 179
Indexp. 183
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ISBN: 9780226067155
ISBN-10: 0226067157
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 15th June 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.42