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Founding Gods, Inventing NationsConquest and Culture Myths from Antiquity to Islam$
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William F. McCants

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151489

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151489.001.0001

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Gifts of the Gods: The Origins of Civilization in Ancient Near Eastern and Greek Mythology

Gifts of the Gods: The Origins of Civilization in Ancient Near Eastern and Greek Mythology

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Founding Gods, Inventing Nations
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William F. McCants

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151489.003.0002

In order to see how the Greek, Roman, and Arab conquests of the Near East shaped the conqueror's and conquered's understanding of the origins of civilization, this chapter surveys the region's ancient mythologies before the conquests: Mesopotamian, Iranian, Egyptian, Greek, and Hebrew (the surviving Hurrian, Hittite, and Canaanite texts do not treat the subject). In Mesopotamian, Iranian, and Egyptian myths, gods create civilization ex nihilo and gave it to humans, sometimes through special human or semihuman interlocutors. The arts and sciences they create are almost always beneficial, and their point of origin is usually associated with cities, not with peoples. The genres of texts surveyed are also heterogeneous because of the ways that culture myths from the different ancient societies survived.

Keywords:   civilization, conquest, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, ancient mythology, ancient texts

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