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Founding Gods, Inventing Nations: Conquest and Culture Myths from Antiquity to Islam

William F. McCants


From the dawn of writing in Sumer to the sunset of the Islamic empire, this book traces four thousand years of speculation on the origins of civilization. Investigating a vast range of primary sources, some of which are translated here for the first time, and focusing on the dynamic influence of the Greek, Roman, and Arab conquests of the Near East, the book looks at the ways the conquerors and those they conquered reshaped their myths of civilization's origins in response to the social and political consequences of empire. The Greek and Roman conquests brought with them a learned culture that ... More

Keywords: civilization, Greek conquests, Roman conquests, Arab conquests, Near East, learned culture, Islamic culture, origins

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691151489
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151489.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William F. McCants, author
Johns Hopkins University