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Sources of the Western Tradition, Volume 1: From Ancient Times to the Enlightenmentby Marvin Perry
Synopses & Reviews
With a collection of over 350 sources, each accompanied by an introductory essay and review questions, this two-volume primary source reader emphasizes the intellectual history and values of the Western tradition. Sources are grouped around important themes in European history--such as religion, education, and art and culture--so that readers can analyze and compare multiple documents. The Eighth Edition features additional sources by and about women, completely revised chapters on modern Europe and its place in the contemporary world, and updates to introductions and review questions.
About the Author
Marvin Perry, now retired, taught history at Baruch College, City University of New York. He has published several successful Cengage Learning texts, including WESTERN CIVILIZATION: IDEAS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY (senior author and general editor); WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A BRIEF HISTORY; the leading Western Civilization reader, SOURCES OF THE WESTERN TRADITION; AN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE; SOURCES OF EUROPEAN HISTORY SINCE 1900 (senior editor); HUMANITIES IN THE WESTERN TRADITION (senior author and general editor); and WORLD WAR II IN EUROPE: A CONCISE HISTORY. His scholarly work includes ARNOLD TOYNBEE AND THE WESTERN TRADITION (1996); coauthor of ANTISEMITISM: MYTH AND HATE FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT (2002); coeditor of ANTISEMITIC MYTHS: A HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ANTHOLOGY (2008); and coeditor of THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM: AN ANTHOLOGY (2008). Dr. Perry's scholarly work focuses on the history of ideas.
Table of Contents
Part I: THE ANCIENT WORLD. 1. The Near East. 1. Mesopotamian Protest against Death: Epic of Gilgamesh. 2. Mesopotamian Concepts of Justice: Code of Hammurabi. 3. Divine Kingship in Egypt: Hymns to the Pharaohs; Guidelines for the Ruler. 4. Religious Inspiration of Akhenaten: Hymn to Aton. 5. Love, Passion, and Misogyny in Ancient Egypt: Love Poetry; The Instruction of Ankhsheshonq. 6. Empire Builders: The Assyrian Empire, Inscription of Tiglathpileser I; The Persian Empire, Inscriptions of Cyrus and Darius I. 7. The Myth-Making Outlook of the Ancient Near East: Personification of Natural Objects; Lament for Ur, The Gods and Human Destiny. 2. The Hebrews. 1. Hebrew Cosmogony and Anthropology: Genesis. 2. Human Sinfulness: Genesis, The Origins of Sin. 3. The Covenant and the Ten Commandments: Exodus, The Covenant; Exodus, The Ten Commandments. 4. Humaneness of Hebrew Law: Exodus, Crime and Punishment; Leviticus, Neighbor and Community; Deuteronomy, Judges, Witnesses, and Justice. 5. God's Greatness and Human Dignity: Psalm 8; Psalm 104. 6. The Problem of Undeserved Suffering: Job, "[God] destroys both the blameless and the wicked." 7. The Age of Classical Prophecy: Amos and Isaiah, Social Justice; Isaiah, Peace and Humanity. 3. The Greeks. 1. Homer: The Educator of Greece: Homer, The Iliad. 2. Lyric Poetry: Sappho, Love, Passion, and Friendship. 3. Early Greek Philosophy: The Emancipation of Thought from Myth: Aristotle, Thales of Miletus; Anaximander; Aristotle, Pythagoras. 4. The Expansion of Reason: Hippocrates, The Sacred Disease, The Separation of Medicine from Myth; Thucydides, Method of Historical Inquiry; Critias, Religion as a Human Invention. 5. Humanism: Pindar, The Pursuit of Excellence; Sophocles, Lauding Human Talents. 6. The Persian Wars: Herodotus, The Histories. 7. Greek Drama: Sophocles, Antigone. 8. Athenian Greatness: Thucydides, The Funeral Oration of Pericles. 9. The Status of Women in Classical Greek Society: Euripides, Medea; Aristophanes, Lysistrata. 10. The Peloponnesian War: Thucydides, The Melian Dialogue and The Revolution at Corcyra. 11. Socrates: The Rational Individual: Plato, The Apology. 12. Plato: The Philosopher-King: Plato, The Republic. 13. Aristotle: Science, Politics, and Ethics: Aristotle, History of Animals, Politics, and Nicomachean Ethics. 14. Hellenistic Culture: Universalism and Individualism: Plutarch, Cultural Fusion; Epicurus, Self-Sufficiency. 15. Greek Culture and the Jews in the Hellenistic
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