Ancient Gods and Heroes of East and West

Marta Vannucci

Verlag: D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd., 2007
ISBN 10: 8124604134 / ISBN 13: 9788124604137
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This book is a study of the people of nomadic groups or clans of Central Asia from about 6000 bce to the last millennium bce to explore why cultures and history developed the way they did in Central Asia by taking up the Indo-European and other settlements ? notably, the Greeks, the ancient Iranians and Indo-aryans of the Indian subcontinent ? for in-depth study. It deals with the quest for knowledge which led to evolution of cultures from simple primitive life to a society complex in structure, from philosophy to religion. The study of gods and heroes examines stories relating to migration and settlements and the geography of ancient civilizations. It is in this setting that their unique philosophies and religious beliefs flourished, giving rise to belief in numerous gods and heroes. It discusses the myths and legends of the ancient cultures, highlighting names, deeds and events relating to honoured gods and much-praised heroes. Dr Marta Vannucci significantly concludes that both Indo-aryan and Indo-Iranian people had been able to maintain their traditional customs and habits backed by technical developments up to the last centuries bce. Throughout, she bases her observations on reliable information provided by archaeology substantiated by oral and written traditions of Central Asia, Greece and Rome. The volume will be invaluable to scholars of history, anthropology and archaeology who are keen to systematically unravel the obscure origins of the great human civilizational march. Contents: Preface: Introduction: Part I : THE INDO-EUROPEANS OF THE EURO-ASIAN STEPPES : A. The Scenario : 1. The Place 2. The People 3. Expansion of the Inhabited World 4. Urban Development 5. Cities and Language 6. Nomadism and Settlements 7. Indo-european Settlements in East and West 8. Conclusion B. The Problem and the very Ancient Past : 1. Mythology 2. Indo-european Cultures 3. Evolution from the Heroic Times 4. Sources 5. Conclusion C. Proto-history and Pre-history : 1. Oral and Written Tradition 2. Sources 3. Fossil, Archaeological and Cultural Remains 4. The Quest for Knowledge 5. From Philosophy to Religion 6. Expansion of the Indo-europeans 7. Conclusion D. Evolution of Cultures and Ancient Historical Times : 1. Sources and the Passage from Proto-history and Pre-history to History 2. Ancient Historical Cultures 3. East and West 4. City States and Villages 5. Increase of Cultural Diversification 6. Geography and Cultural Syncretism 7. In the East 8. Gods and Beliefs 9. Oral Tradition and Factual Findings 10. Conclusion Part II : GODS : A. The Indelible Link between Man and God : 1. Gods and Truth 2. Gods 3. Nature Gods 4. Homer and Hesiod 5. Hesiod 6. Traditional Gods 7. From Pre-history to History 8. The Indian and Greek Sources 9. Mythology in the East 10. Mythology in the West 11. Conclusion B. Dionysos-the Forces and Vitality of all Nature : 1. Nature Gods 2. Dionysos, Untamed Nature 3. The Young God Dionysos 4. The Archaic God 5. Urbanization of Dionysos 6. Myths 7. The Mythical Personalities of Dionysos 8. Ancient Poems about Dionysos and Dionysan Rites 9. Dionysism, Orphism and Vedism 10. Evolution with Time 11. Nonnos and the Dionysiacs 12. Homeric Hymns to Dionysos and Nonnos? Other Writings 13. Legends About Dionysos 14. Dionysos, Summary and Conclusions C. Demeter-the Domestication of Nature : 1. Mythology and Pre-historic Evidence 2. The Personality of Demeter 3. Kore, Daughter of Demeter 4. Demeter and her Cult 5. Demeter?s Acts and Mission 6. The Rites, the Kykeon 7. The Mysteries 8. Demeter-summary 9. Dionysos and Demeter-summary and Conclusions D. Gods of the Indo-europeans of the East : 1. Agni and Atar 2. The Graeco-roman Tradition 3. Rudra, the Maruts and the Vasus 4. Maruts and Vasus 5. Varuna, God 6. Printed Pages: 488. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 1484

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Inhaltsangabe: This book is a study of the people of nomadic groups or clans of Central Asia from about 6000 bce to the last millennium bce to explore why cultures and history developed the way they did in Central Asia by taking up the Indo-European and other settlements notably, the Greeks, the ancient Iranians and Indo-aryans of the Indian subcontinent for in-depth study. It deals with the quest for knowledge which led to evolution of cultures from simple primitive life to a society complex in structure, from philosophy to religion. The study of gods and heroes examines stories relating to migration and settlements and the geography of ancient civilizations. It is in this setting that their unique philosophies and religious beliefs flourished, giving rise to belief in numerous gods and heroes. It discusses the myths and legends of the ancient cultures, highlighting names, deeds and events relating to honoured gods and much-praised heroes. Dr Marta Vannucci significantly concludes that both Indo-aryan and Indo-Iranian people had been able to maintain their traditional customs and habits backed by technical developments up to the last centuries bce. Throughout, she bases her observations on reliable information provided by archaeology substantiated by oral and written traditions of Central Asia, Greece and Rome. The volume will be invaluable to scholars of history, anthropology and archaeology who are keen to systematically unravel the obscure origins of the great human civilizational march.

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Titel: Ancient Gods and Heroes of East and West
Verlag: D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.
Erscheinungsdatum: 2007
Einband: Hardcover
Zustand: New
Auflage: First edition.

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