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The Origins of European Thought : About the Body, the Mind, the Soul, the World, Time and Fate - R. B. Onians

The Origins of European Thought

About the Body, the Mind, the Soul, the World, Time and Fate

Paperback Published: 11th April 1988
ISBN: 9780521347945
Number Of Pages: 602

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This remarkable work of scholarship sought to deal with the very roots of European civilisation and thought: the fundamental beliefs about life, mind, body, soul and human destiny which were embodied in the myths, legends and customs of the ancients and later emerged, often unrecognized, in literature, philosophy and science. Professor Onians adduces an extraordinary range of comparative evidence, predominantly from Greece and Rome, but also from Norse, Celtic, Jewish, Indian, Chinese and Christian sources. The volume remains a fascinating compendium of ideas, conjectures and explanations which can continue to stimulate and inform the anthropologist, historian of science and philosophy, and classicist.

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Introduction
The Mind and the Body
Some processes of consciousness
The organs of consciousness
The stuff of consciousness
Cognition - the five senses
The liver and the belly
The Immortal Soul and the Body
The psyche
The Genius, Numen, etc
Anima and Animus
The knees
The strength
The stuff of life
River-worship and some forms of the life-substance
The world: beginnings of Greek 'philosophy'
Death and cremation
The offerings to the dead and to the Gods
Nectar and Ambrosia
Fate and Time
'On the knees of the Gods'
Peirata
Kairos
The ewaving of fate
Other peoples - fate and magic
Moiran epitithenal, pepromenos
Hyper moron and the relation of the Gods to fate
The Jars of Zeus, the scales of Zeus, and the Keres
Time - Emar
Lachesis, Klotho, and Atropos
Phases of body and mind, sorrow, sleep, death, etc
Telos
Addenda
Indexes
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ISBN: 9780521347945
ISBN-10: 0521347947
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 602
Published: 11th April 1988
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.51 x 13.87  x 4.52
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 2

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