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Classical religions & myths of the Mediterranean Basin

Author: Jon Solomon; Ben Kingsley
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Knowledge Products, [2006]
Series: Religion, scriptures & spirituality.; Audio classics series.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : MP3 : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After the Ice Age, hunting and foraging communities evolved to a more settled, agricultural life; belief in savage animal spirits was replaced by a belief in domesticated spirits. With the invention of cuneiform and other writing systems, mythological epics emerged to explain the origins of life and the causes of death and earthly suffering. Sumeria, Persia, and Egypt were early centers for these developments. When  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
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Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)71756353
Material Type: Document, Audio book, etc., Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Jon Solomon; Ben Kingsley
ISBN: 0786164794 9780786164790
OCLC Number: 77536900
Notes: Downloadable audio file.
Title from: Title details screen.
Unabridged.
Duration: 2:55:37.
Performer(s): Read by Ben Kingsley.
Details: Requires OverDrive Media Console (WMA file size: 42072 KB; MP3 file size: 82449 KB).; Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Religion, scriptures & spirituality.; Audio classics series.
Other Titles: Classical religions and myths of the Mediterranean Basin
Responsibility: Dr. Jon David Solomon.

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After the Ice Age, hunting and foraging communities evolved to a more settled, agricultural life; belief in savage animal spirits was replaced by a belief in domesticated spirits. With the invention of cuneiform and other writing systems, mythological epics emerged to explain the origins of life and the causes of death and earthly suffering. Sumeria, Persia, and Egypt were early centers for these developments. When the Indo-Europeans (ancestors of the Greeks, Romans, and others) expanded beyond central Asia, these war-like peoples brought forceful and powerful gods. After Bronze Age civilization collapsed in about 1200 BCE, Greek population declined by up to ninety percent; the survivors preserved the glorious memories of the Bronze Age in myths and epic poetry. From within the sprawling territories of the Roman Empire would emerge the three great religions of the Western world.

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