The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man: An Essay on Speculative Thought in the Ancient Near East
Henri Frankfort, H. A. Frankfort, John A. Wilson, Thorkild Jacobsen, and William A. Irwin

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This volume intended a journey to the origin of thought and theory through mythopoetic tales and religions of ancient Near East including Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Israel. It is a substantial source to reveal the ancient man’s perspectives of the world, gods, and himself. The writers aimed to deal with speculative thought concerning the nature of the universe, the function of the state, and the values of life. They argued that speculation found unlimited possibilities for development in ancient Near East because it was not restricted by a scientific (that is, a disciplined) search for truth. They also noticed that the realm of nature and the realm of man were not distinguished. The experiencing of this unity with the utmost intensity was the greatest good ancient oriental religion could bestow.

  • Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1946
  • Pp. vii + 401
  • Out of Print