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The Origins of European Thought

The Origins of European Thought
About the Body, the Mind, the Soul, the World, Time and Fate

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  • Date Published: February 1988
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521347945

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  • Onians' remarkable work of scholarship sought to deal with the very roots of European civilization and thought: the fundamental beliefs about life, mind, body, soul, and human destiny that are embodied in the myths and legends of the ancients. The volume is remains a fascinating collection of ideas and explanations of cultures as diverse as the Greeks and the Norse, the Celts and the Jews, and the Chinese and the Romans.

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    • Date Published: February 1988
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521347945
    • length: 602 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 139 x 45 mm
    • weight: 0.705kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the first edition
    Preface to the second edition
    Part I. The Mind and the Body:
    1. Some processes of consciousness
    2. The organs of consciousness
    3. The stuff of consciousness
    4. Cognition - the five senses
    5. The liver and the belly
    Part II. The Immortal Soul and the Body:
    6. The psyche
    7. The Genius, Numen, etc
    8. Anima and Animus
    9. The knees
    10. The strength
    11. The stuff of life
    12. River-worship and some forms of the life-substance
    13. The world: beginnings of Greek 'philosophy'
    14. Death and cremation
    15. The offerings to the dead and to the Gods
    16. Nectar and Ambrosia
    Part III. Fate and Time:
    17. 'On the knees of the Gods'
    18. Peirata
    19. Kairos
    20. The ewaving of fate
    21. Other peoples - fate and magic
    22. Moiran epitithenal, pepromenos
    23. Hyper moron and the relation of the Gods to fate
    24. The Jars of Zeus, the scales of Zeus, and the Keres
    25. Time - Emar
    26. Lachesis, Klotho, and Atropos
    27. Phases of body and mind, sorrow, sleep, death, etc
    28. Telos

  • Author

    R. B. Onians

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