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The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man : Essay on Speculative Thought in the Ancient Near East - Henri Frankfort

The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man

Essay on Speculative Thought in the Ancient Near East

Paperback Published: 1st January 1946
ISBN: 9780226260082
Number Of Pages: 408

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The people in ancient times the phenomenal world was teeming with life; the thunderclap, the sudden shadow, the unknown and eerie clearing in the wood, all were living things. This unabridged edition traces the fascinating history of thought from the pre-scientific, personal concept of a "humanized" world to the achievement of detached intellectual reasoning.
The authors describe and analyze the spiritual life of three ancient civilizations: the Egyptians, whose thinking was profoundly influenced by the daily rebirth of the sun and the annual rebirth of the Nile; the Mesopotamians, who believed the stars, moon, and stones were all citizens of a cosmic state; and the Hebrews, who transcended prevailing mythopoeic thought with their cosmogony of the will of God. In the concluding chapter the Frankforts show that the Greeks, with their intellectual courage, were the first culture to discover a realm of speculative thought in which myth was overcome.

Myth and Reality Egypt
The Nature of the Universe
The Function of the State
The Values of Life Mesopotamia
The Cosmos as a State
The Function of the State
The Good Life The Hebrews
Man in the World
Nation, Society, and Politics Conclusion
The Emancipation of Thought from Myth
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ISBN: 9780226260082
ISBN-10: 0226260089
Series: Oriental Institute Publications
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st January 1946
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.0  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Type: New edition