Wisdom in the Ancient World

Overview

'But where shall wisdom be found?' asked Job, and from across the ancient world came many different replies. Some conceived of wisdom in supernatural personified form and answered the question in appropriate terms. For others, wisdom was something far more human, manifested in a number of different possible ways. For many philosophers, on the other hand, it was simply the highest human intellectual attainment possible. However understood, wisdom was highly prized across the ancient world and throughout ancient history. To the extent to which ...

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Overview

'But where shall wisdom be found?' asked Job, and from across the ancient world came many different replies. Some conceived of wisdom in supernatural personified form and answered the question in appropriate terms. For others, wisdom was something far more human, manifested in a number of different possible ways. For many philosophers, on the other hand, it was simply the highest human intellectual attainment possible. However understood, wisdom was highly prized across the ancient world and throughout ancient history. To the extent to which there was a shared ancient culture, wisdom lay at the heart of it. However, the modern study of the subject has been very fragmented. Old Testament scholars, theologians, historians of philosophy, Egyptologists, Assyriologists, classicists and historians of ideas have all taken an interest, but there has been limited communication and co-operation between the disciplines.
This is the first book to bring the different aspects of the study of ancient wisdom together and present it as a subject in its own right, looking at wise deities, wise figures from myth and legend, wise characters from ancient history, practices associated with wisdom (including divination and healing), and wisdom as it appears in ancient literature. Familiar figures such as Solomon and Socrates rub shoulders here with less well-known ones such as Shulgi and Stilbides. Specially drawn maps accompany the text to provide a geographical context while a timeline provides a chronological one.

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Curnow (philosophy, U. of Cumbria, UK) integrates different aspects of the study of ancient wisdom, looking at wise deities and wisdom in religion; figures from myth and legend; ancient historical people, from Jesus to Plato; associated practices, including divination, science, magic, and healing; and wisdom in ancient literature. He begins with the third millennium BC and goes up to the end of the sixth century AD and focuses on the Roman Empire.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780715635049
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/24/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Trevor Curbanow is Reader in Philosophy, University of Cumbria, and the author of "Oracles of the Ancient World" and "Philosophers of the Ancient World".

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