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The Adventure of the Human Intellect: Self, Society, and the Divine in Ancient World Cultures / Edition 1

The Adventure of the Human Intellect: Self, Society, and the Divine in Ancient World Cultures / Edition 1

by Kurt A. Raaflaub
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ISBN-13: 9781119162551
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: Ancient World: Comparative Histories Series
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kurt A. Raaflaub is the David Herlihy University Professor & Professor of Classics and History Emeritus at Brown University. His previous works include The Discovery of Freedom in Ancient Greece (2004), War and Peace in the Ancient World (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece (with J. Ober and R. W. Wallace, 2007), Geography and Ethnography: Perceptions of the World in Pre-Modern Societies (with R. J. A. Talbert, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), and The Greek Polis and the Invention of Democracy: A Politico-cultural Transformation and Its Interpretations (with J. Arnason and P. Wagner, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). His numerous publications include authorship or editorship of 20 scholarly books, in addition to more than 120 articles in journals and essay collections.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

Series Editor's Preface xi

Preface and Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction Franceses Rochberg Kurt A. Raaflaub 1

1 A Critique of the Cognitive-historical Thesis of The Intellectual Adventure Franccsca Rochberg 16

2 The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man: Revisiting a Classic Peter Machinist 29

3 The World of Ancient Egyptian Thought James P. Allen 73

4 On Speculative Thought in Ancient Mesopotamia Benjamin R. Foster 89

5 Self, Substance, and Social Metaphysics: The Intellectual Adventures of Israel and Judah Ryan Byrne 105

6 Ancient Greece: Man the Measure of All Things Kurt A. Raaflaub 127

7 The Thought-World of Ancient Rome: A Delicate Balancing Act Robert A. Kaster David Konstan 149

8 Self, Cosmos, and Agency in Early China Lisa Raphals 167

9 Vedic India: Thinking and Doing Stephanie W. Jamison 185

10 "Chronosophy" in Classic Maya Thought Stephen Houston 198

11 The Word, Sacrifice, and Divination: Aztec Man in the Realm of the Gods Guilhem Olivier 216

12 Night Thoughts and Spiritual Adventures: Native North America Peter Nabokov 239

Index 260

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