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Mesopotamia Writing, Reasoning, and the Gods

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ISBN-10: 0226067270

ISBN-13: 9780226067278

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jean Bott�ro, Zainab Bahrani, Marc Van de Mieroop

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Our ancestors, the Mesopotamians, invented writing and with it a new way of looking at the world. In this collection of essays, the French scholar Jean Bottero attempts to go back to the moment which marks the very beginning of history. To give the reader some sense of how Mesopotamian civilization has been mediated and interpreted in its transmission through time, Bottero begins with an account of Assyriology, the discipline devoted to the ancient culture. This transmission, compounded with countless discoveries, would not have been possible without the surprising decipherment of the cuneiform writing system. Bottero also focuses on divination in the ancient world, contending that certain…    
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/15/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Jean-Jacques Glassner is a research director at the French National Center for Scientific Research. Zainab Bahrani is Edith Porada Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. Marc Van De Mieroop is a professor of history and Middle East and Asian languages and cultures at Columbia University.

Chronology Rules of transcription and translation Map The Birth of the West
In Defense of a Useless Science
Assyriology and Our History
The "Avalanche" of Decipherments in the Ancient Near East between 1800 and 1930
From Mnemonic Device to Script
Writing and Dialectics, or the Progress of Knowledge
"Reasoning": Institutions and Mentality
Divination and the Scientific Spirit
The Substitute King and His Fate
The "Code" of Hammurabi
"Free Love" and Its Disadvantages
"The Gods": Religion
The Religious System
Intelligence and the Technical Function of Power: Enki/Ea
The Dialogue of Pessimism and Transcendence
The Mythology of Death