Ancestor of the West: Writing, Reasoning and Religion in Mesopotamia, Elam and Greece

Ancestor of the West: Writing, Reasoning and Religion in Mesopotamia, Elam and Greece

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By (author) Jean Bottero, By (author) Clarisse Herrenschmidt, By (author) Jean-Pierre Vernant, Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Paperback | 194 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 12mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 12 August 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226067165
  • ISBN 13: 9780226067162
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: Ill.
  • Sales rank: 642,950

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

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Jean Bottero is director emeritus of L'Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris. He is the author of many books, several of which have been translated and published by the University of Chicago Press, including "Mesopotamia: Writing, Reasoning, and the Gods."

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"Full of matter for anyone interested in language, religion, and politics in the ancient world."--R. T. Ridley, "Journal of Religion" With this book, three distinguished French historians tell the story of the birth of writing and reason, explaining how the logical and religious structures of Near Eastern and Mesopotamian cultures served as precursors to those of the West.