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Ancestor of the West: Writing, Reasoning, and Religion in Mesopotamia, Elam, and Greece
by Jean Bottéro, Clarisse Herrenschmidt and Jean-Pierre Vernant
translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan
University of Chicago Press, 2000
Cloth: 978-0-226-06715-5 | Paper: 978-0-226-06716-2
Library of Congress Classification DS57.B6813 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 939.4

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
With Ancestor of the West, three distinguished French historians reveal the story of the birth of writing and reason, demonstrating how the logical religious structures of Near Eastern and Mesopotamian cultures served as precursors to those of the West.

"Full of matter for anyone interested in language, religion, and politics in the ancient world."—R. T. Ridley, Journal of Religious History

"In this accessible introduction to the ancient world, three leading French scholars explore the emergence of rationality and writing in the West, tracing its development and its survival in our own traditions. . . . Jean Bottero focuses on writing and religion in ancient Mesopotamia, Clarisse Herrenschmidt considers a broader history of ancient writing, and Jean-Pierre Vernant examines classical Greek civilization in the context of Near Eastern history."—Translation Review

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