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The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man: An Essay of Speculative Thought in the Ancient Near East

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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction by H. and H. A. Frankfort

I. Myth and Reality

Egypt by John A. Wilson

II. The Nature of the Universe

III. The Function of the State

IV. The Values of Life

Mesopotamia by Thorkild Jacobsen

V. The Cosmos as a State

VI. The Function of the State

VII. The Good Life

The Hebrews by William A. Irwin

VIII. God

IX. Man

X. Man in the World

XI. Nation, Society, and Politics

Conclusion by H. and H. A. Frankfort

XII. The Emancipation of Thought from Myth

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226260082
With:
Irwin, William A.
With:
Wilson, John A.
With:
Irwin, William A.
Author:
Frankfort, H. A.
Author:
Frankfort, Henri
Author:
Jacobsen, Thorkild
Author:
Wilson, John A.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
General
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
History
Subject:
Philosophy, ancient
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Thought and thinking
Subject:
Religious thought
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Oriental Institute Essays
Series Volume:
v.8
Publication Date:
19770431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
410
Dimensions:
5.9 x 8.9 in

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