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Utopian communities of the ancient world : idealistic experiments of Pythagoras, the Essenes, Pachomius, and Proclus

Author: Brent James Schmidt
Publisher: Lewiston, N.Y. : Edwin Mellen Press, ©2010.
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"This book is the first comparative study of lived Utopian communities in antiquity. It is a sweeping examination of such enterprises from the sixth century BC to the sixth century AD that carries the readers through a vast array of sources and concepts."--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brent James Schmidt
ISBN: 9780773437364 0773437363
OCLC Number: 468857391
Description: viii, 220 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Notions of utopia in history and literature --
Pythagorean communities in southern Italy --
The Essenes' communities and ideals --
Pachomian communities in Egypt --
Proclus' community --
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Responsibility: Brent James Schmidt ; with a foreword by John W. Welch.

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A comparative study of lived Utopian communities in antiquity. It examines the communities that provide examples of somewhat successful utopian experiments which believe the twentieth century notion  Read more...

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"This book probes some of the most remarkably idealistic experiments in the annals of these ancient cultures, and in so doing, it exposes the debt that many people today owe to these traditions for Read more...

 
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