The Origins of Greek Thought by Jean-pierre VernantThe Origins of Greek Thought by Jean-pierre Vernant

The Origins of Greek Thought

byJean-pierre Vernant

Paperback

Pricing and Purchase Info

$26.95

Earn 135 plum® points
Quantity:

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

Jean-Pierre Vernant's concise, brilliant essay on the origins of Greek thought relates the cultural achievement of the ancient Greeks to their physical and social environment and shows that what they believed in was inseparable from the way they lived. The emergence of rational thought, Vernant claims, is closely linked to the advent of the open-air politics that characterized life in the Greek polis. Vernant points out that when the focus of Mycenaean society gave way to the agora, the change had profound social and cultural implications. "Social experience could become the object of pragmatic thought for the Greeks," he writes, "because in the city-state it lent itself to public debate. The decline of myth dates from the day the first sages brought human order under discussion and sought to define it. . . . Thus evolved a strictly political thought, separate from religion, with its own vocabulary, concepts, principles, and theoretical aims."
Jean-Pierre Vernant is a leading French scholar of ancient Greece who attempts to elucidate Greek religions, especially mythology, through the development of a historical anthropology. In 1984 he retired from his position as professor of the comparative study of ancient religion at the College de France. Among his earlier accomplishmen...
Loading
Title:The Origins of Greek ThoughtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.18 inPublisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0801492939

ISBN - 13:9780801492938

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

From Our Editors

This Book is about the origins of Greek thought relates the cultural achievement of the ancient Greeks to their physical and social environment and shows that what they believed was inseparable from the way they lived.

Editorial Reviews

"One of the most stimulating and thoughtful accounts of the invention of Greek philosophy by the Greeks. . . . A masterpiece of popular exposition, rich in information and insight."—Times Literary Supplement