By Trevor Curnow

'But the place shall knowledge be found?' requested activity, and from around the historical global got here many various replies. a few conceived of knowledge in supernatural personified shape and spoke back the query in applicable phrases. For others, knowledge was once whatever way more human, manifested in a couple of various attainable methods. for plenty of philosophers, nevertheless, it was once easily the top human highbrow attainment attainable. notwithstanding understood, knowledge was once hugely prized around the old international and all through historical heritage. To the level to which there has been a shared old tradition, knowledge lay on the center of it. notwithstanding, the trendy research of the topic has been very fragmented. outdated testomony students, theologians, historians of philosophy, Egyptologists, Assyriologists, classicists and historians of rules have all taken an curiosity, yet there was constrained conversation and co-operation among the disciplines.This is the 1st e-book to convey the several facets of the learn of historic knowledge jointly and current it as a topic in its personal correct, taking a look at clever deities, clever figures from delusion and legend, clever characters from historical heritage, practices linked to knowledge (including divination and healing), and knowledge because it appears to be like in old literature. ordinary figures equivalent to Solomon and Socrates rub shoulders the following with much less famous ones similar to Shulgi and Stilbides. particularly drawn maps accompany the textual content to supply a geographical context whereas a timeline presents a chronological one.

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