The Adventure of the Human Intellect : Self, Society, and the Divine in Ancient World Cultures, Hardback Book

The Adventure of the Human Intellect : Self, Society, and the Divine in Ancient World Cultures Hardback

Edited by Kurt A. Raaflaub

Part of the Ancient World: Comparative Histories series

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The Adventure of the Human Intellect presents the latest scholarship on the beginnings of intellectual history on a broad scope, encompassing ten eminent ancient or early civilizations from both the Old and New Worlds. Borrows themes from The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man (1946), updating an old topic with a new approach and up-to-date theoretical underpinning, evidence, and scholarshipProvides a broad scope of studies, including discussion of highly developed ancient or early civilizations in China, India, West Asia, the Mediterranean, and the AmericasExamines the world view of ten ancient or early societies, reconstructed from their own texts, concerning the place of human beings in society and state, in nature and cosmos, in space and time, in life and death, and in relation to those in power and the world of the divineConsiders a diversity of sources representing a wide array of particular responses to differing environments, circumstances, and intellectual challengesReflects a more inclusive and nuanced historiographical attitude with respect to non-elites, gender, and local variationsBrings together leading specialists in the field, and is edited by an internationally renowned scholar

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