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    DescriptionThe Mesopotamians invented writing and with it a new way of looking at the world. In this collection of essays, the French scholar Jean Bottero attempts to go back to the moment which marks the very beginning of history. To give the reader some sense of how Mesopotamian civilization has been mediated and interpreted in its transmission through time, Bottero begins with an account of assyriology, the discipline devoted to the ancient culture. Bottero focuses on divination in the ancient world, contending that certain modes of worship in Mesopotamia, in their application of casuality and proof, prefigure the "scientific mind."

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    Writing, Reasoning and the Gods
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jean Bottero, Translated by Zainab Bahrani, Translated by Marc Van De Mieroop
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 312
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226067278
    ISBN 10: 0226067270

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JFC, HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1, JHM, HDD
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17400
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A14202000
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAM
    Abridged Dewey: 935
    DC22: 935
    DC20: 935
    LC classification: DS69.5 .B6813 1995
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: DS69.5.B68
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAM
    Thema V1.0: JHM, JBCC, NHC, NHG, NKD
    2, New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    1 halftone, 3 line drawings, 1 map
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    13 July 1995
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Table of contents
    Chronology Rules of transcription and translation Map 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 Glossary-Index References Bibliographical Orientation