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Primitivism and Related Ideas in Antiquity - Arthur O. Lovejoy

Primitivism and Related Ideas in Antiquity

Paperback Published: 24th July 1997
ISBN: 9780801856112
Number Of Pages: 496
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Primitivism and Related Ideas in Antiquity was intended to be the first volume of a four-part series of books covering the history of primitivism and related ideas, but the outbreak of World War II, and, later, Lovejoy's death, prevented the other books from being published as originally conceived by the two authors. A documentary and analytical record, the book presents the classical background of primitivism and anti-primitivism in modern literature, historiography, and social and moral philosophy, and comprises chapters that center around particular ancient concepts and authors, including cynicism, stoicism, epicureanism, Plato, Aristotle, Lucretius, and Cicero. According to the authors in their preface, "there is some reason to think that this background is not universally familiar to those whose special field of study lie within the period of the Renaissance to our own time"; this book, in which the original Greek and Latin sources stand side by side with their English translations, will prove useful to scholars from a variety of disciplines who study this period.

If the critical subtlety and the extensive yet thoroughly judicious use of original documents which distinguishes the first volume are maintained, the work as a whole may stand as America's foremost contribution to the history of ideas in this generation. * New York Times * The material contained in this volume is of considerable importance for... the inductive study of ideas and society... The work does much more than fulfill its avowed function. One eagerly awaits the further volumes of this history. * American Sociological Review *

Prolegomena to the History of Primitivismp. 1
Chronological Primitivism in Greek and Roman Mythology and Historiographyp. 23
Genesis of the Conception of 'Nature' as Normp. 103
Cynic Primitivismp. 117
Epicureanism and the Simple Lifep. 152
Plato and Primitivismp. 155
Aristotle and Primitivistic Ideasp. 169
Anti-Primitivism in Greek Literature: Eighth to First Centuries B.C.p. 192
Lucretius: Primitivism and the Idea of Progressp. 222
Cicero and Primitivistic Ideasp. 243
Stoic Primitivismp. 260
The Noble Savage in Antiquityp. 287
Anti-Primitivism and the Idea of Progress in Later Classical Literaturep. 368
The Superiority of the Animalsp. 389
Supplementary Essays
Primitivism in Ancient Western Asiap. 421
Primitivism in Indian Literaturep. 433
Some Meanings of 'Nature'p. 447
Index of Classical Textsp. 457
Index of Names and Subjectsp. 465
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ISBN: 9780801856112
ISBN-10: 0801856116
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 24th July 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.65  x 3.15
Weight (kg): 0.7