Mesopotamia: Writing, Reasoning, and the Gods

Mesopotamia: Writing, Reasoning, and the Gods



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226067261
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 05/01/1992
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.31(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Zainab Bahrani is the Edith Porada Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University in New York. She is the author of several books on ancient Mesopotamian art and history, most recently of Rituals of War: The Body and Violence in Mesopotamia.

Table of Contents

Rules of transcription and translation
The Birth of the West
I: Assyriology
1: In Defense of a Useless Science
2: Assyriology and Our History
3: A Century of Assyriology
II: Writing
4: The "Avalanche" of Decipherments in the Ancient Near East between
1800 and 1930
5: From Mnemonic Device to Script
6: Writing and Dialectics, or the Progress of Knowledge
III: "Reasoning": Institutions and Mentality
7: Oneiromancy
8: Divination and the Scientific Spirit
9: The Substitute King and His Fate
10: The "Code" of Hammurabi
11: "Free Love" and Its Disadvantages
IV: "The Gods": Religion
12: The Religious System
13: Intelligence and the Technical Function of Power: Enki/Ea
14: The Dialogue of Pessimism and Transcendence
15: The Mythology of Death
Bibliographical Orientation

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