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Ancestor of the West: Writing, Reasoning and Religion in Mesopotamia, Elam and Greece (Jean Bottero Clarisse Herrenschmidt, Jean-Pierre Vernant) Paperback Book, (University of Chicago Press, 2000) 9780226067162
Ancestor of the West: Writing, Reasoning and Religion in Mesopotamia, Elam and Greece (Jean Bottero Clarisse Herrenschmidt, Jean-Pierre Vernant) Paperback Book, (University of Chicago Press, 2000) 9780226067162
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Title: Ancestor of the West: Writing, Reasoning and Religion in Mesopotamia, Elam and Greece

Author: Bottero, Jean Clarisse Herrenschmidt, Jean-Pierre Vernant

Publisher: U of Chicago Press; Publication Date: 2000

Paperback; ISBN: 9780226067162

Volumes: 1; Pages: 208

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With Ancestor of the West, three distinguished French historians reveal the story of the birth of writing and reason, demonstrating how the logical religious structures of Near Eastern and Mesopotamian cultures served as precursors to those of the West."Full of matter for anyone interested in language, religion, and politics in the ancient world."--R. T. Ridley, Journal of Religious History"In this accessible introduction to the ancient world, three leading French scholars explore the emergence of rationality and writing in the West, tracing its development and its survival in our own traditions. ... Jean Bottero focuses on writing and religion in ancient Mesopotamia, Clarisse Herrenschmidt considers a broader history of ancient writing, and Jean-Pierre Vernant examines classical Greek civilization in the context of Near Eastern history."--Translation ReviewTable of ContentsForeword by Franois ZabbalTranslator's NotePART ONE: RELIGION AND REASONING IN MESOPOTAMIAJean Bottro1. The Birth of Civilization2. First Writing3. The Intelligence of the World4. The Gods: A Reasonable ReligionPART TWO: WRITING BETWEEN VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE WORLDS IN IRAN, ISRAEL, AND GREECEClarisse Herrenschmidt5. Elamite Civilization and Writing6. Consonant Alphabets, the Greek Alphabet, and Old Persian Cuneiform7. Old Persian Cuneiform: Writing as Cosmological Ritual and TextWriting--and Some Thoughts on Hebrew and GreekPART THREE: WRITING AND CIVIL RELIGION IN GREECEJean-Pierre Vernant9. Myths and Reasonings10. The Polis: Shared PowerNotesBibliographyIndex
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