Cosmos in the ancient world /

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Imprint:Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
©2019
Description:1 online resource ( xxii, 348 pages) : illustration
Language:English
Subject:Cosmology, Ancient.
Cosmology, Ancient.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11940525
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Other authors / contributors:Horky, Phillip Sidney, editor.
ISBN:9781108529082
1108529089
9781108542715
1108542719
9781108423649
1108423647
9781108438223
1108438229
Notes:Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 20 Jun 2019).
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
Other form:Print version 9781108423649
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Summary:How did the ancient Greeks and Romans conceptualise order? This book answers that question by analysing the formative concept of kosmos ('order', 'arrangement', 'ornament') in ancient literature, philosophy, science, art, and religion. This concept encouraged the Greeks and Romans to develop theories to explain core aspects of human life, including nature, beauty, society, politics, the individual, and what lies beyond human experience. Hence, Greek kosmos, and its Latin correlate mundus, are subjects of profound reflection by a wide range of important ancient figures, including philosophers (Parmenides, Empedocles, the Pythagoreans, Democritus, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Lucretius, Cicero, Seneca, Plotinus), poets and playwrights (Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Plautus, Marcus Argentarius, Nonnus), intellectuals (Gorgias, Protagoras, Varro), and religious exegetes (Philo, the Gospel Writers, Paul). By revealing kosmos in its many ancient manifestations, this book asks us to rethink our own sense of 'order', and to reflect on our place within a broader cosmic history.
Item Description:Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 20 Jun 2019).
Physical Description:1 online resource ( xxii, 348 pages) : illustration
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9781108529082
1108529089
9781108542715
1108542719
9781108423649
1108423647
9781108438223
1108438229