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Old Ideas about Myth and Science

Old Ideas about Myth and Science

kīma labīri “as in former times”

Chapter:
(p.38) Chapter Two Old Ideas about Myth and Science
Source:
Before Nature
Author(s):
Francesca Rochberg
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226406275.003.0003

For decades Henri Frankfort, H.A. Groenewegen- Frankfort, John A. Wilson, Thorkild Jacobsen, and William A. Irwin’s, The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man: An Essay of Speculative Thought in the Ancient Near East (University of Chicago Press, 1946) set the standard for the investigation of how nature was construed in Near Eastern antiquity, focusing attention on mythological texts as sources for ancient Mesopotamian perceptions and conceptions of nature. This chapter historicizes The Intellectual Adventure and offers both a critique of mythopoeic Mesopotamia and a new approach to the way the phenomena we classify as natural were treated in cuneiform texts.

Keywords:   mythopoeic, progressivism, ethnoscience, nature, multi-naturalism, culture

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