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Founding gods, inventing nations : conquest and culture myths from antiquity to Islam

Author: William F McCants
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2012.
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From the dawn of writing in Sumer to the sunset of the Islamic empire, Founding Gods, Inventing Nations traces four thousand years of speculation on the origins of civilization. Investigating a vast range of primary sources, some of which are translated here for the first time, and focusing on the dynamic influence of the Greek, Roman, and Arab conquests of the Near East, William McCants looks at the ways the  Read more...
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McCants, William Faizi, 1975-
Founding gods, inventing nations.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011009295
(OCoLC)708761796
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William F McCants
ISBN: 9781400840069 1400840066 1283280671 9781283280679
OCLC Number: 757398573
Description: 1 online resource ([ix], 179 pages)
Contents: Gifts of the gods : the origins of civilization in ancient Near Eastern and Greek mythology --
The beneficent sky god : cultural history in the Qur'an --
Who was first? : protography and discovery catalogs --
Inventing nations : postconquest native histories of civilization's origins --
"The sciences of the ancients" : speculation on the origins of philosophy, medicine, and the exact sciences.
Responsibility: William F. McCants.

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From the dawn of writing in Sumer to the sunset of the Islamic empire, this title traces four thousand years of speculation on the origins of civilization. It looks at the ways the conquerors and  Read more...

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"McCants's richly textured analysis points to some cultural anomalies that can lead to provocative reflections."--Donald J. Dietrich, European Legacy

 
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