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Ancestor of the West Writing, Reasoning, and Religion in Mesopotamia, Elam, and Greece

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ISBN-10: 0226067165

ISBN-13: 9780226067162

Edition: 2000

Authors: Jean Bott�ro, Clarisse Herrenschmidt, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Teresa Lavender Fagan, Francois Zabbal

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Three distinguished French historians reveal the story of the birth of writing and reasoning, demonstrating how the logical and religious structures of Near Eastern and Mesopotamian cultures served as precursors to those of the West.
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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Jean-Pierre Vernant is a leading French scholar of ancient Greece who attempts to elucidate Greek religions, especially mythology, through the development of a historical anthropology. In 1984 he retired from his position as professor of the comparative study of ancient religion at the College de France. Among his earlier accomplishments, Vernant received the Croix de Guerre and the Croix de la Liberation for his service in the French army in World War II; he was also made an officer in the French Legion of Honor. Vernant is a writer of essays more than of books. As anthropologist James Redfield (see Vol. 3) puts it, "His forte . . . has been the informal, slightly rambling essay. . .; he…    

Teresa Lavender Fagan is a freelance translator living in Chicago; she has translated numerous books for the University of Chicago Press and other publishers.

Foreword
Translator's Note
Religion and Reasoning in Mesopotamia
The Birth of Civilization
The First Writing
The Intelligence of the World
The Gods: A Reasonable Religion
Writing between Visible and Invisible Worlds in Iran, Israel, and Greece
Elamite Civilization and Writing
Consonant Alphabets, the Greek Alphabet, and Old Persian Cuneiform
Old Persian Cuneiform: Writing as Cosmological Ritual and Text
Writing--and Some Thoughts on Hebrew and Greek
Writing and Civil Religion in Greece
Myths and Reasonings
The Polis: Shared Power
Notes
Bibliography
Index