Finding, Inheriting or Borrowing?

The Construction and Transfer of Knowledge in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Since the dawn of humanity, people have developed concepts about themselves and the natural world in which they live. This volume aims at investigating the construction and transfer of such concepts between and within various ancient and medieval cultures. The single contributions try to answer questions concerning the sources of knowledge, the strategies of transfer and legitimation as well as the conceptual changes over time and space. After a comprehensive introduction, the volume is divided into three parts: The contributions of the first section treat various theoretical and methodological aspects. Two additional thematic sections deal with a special field of knowledge, i.e. concepts of the moon and of the end of the world in fire.

Overview Chapters

  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 4

    Seiten 5 - 8
  3. Preface and Acknowledgements

    Seiten 9 - 12
  4. The Construction and Transfer of Knowledge in the Pre-Modern Era

    Seiten 13 - 38
  5. Transmitting Symbolic Concepts from the Perspective of Cultural Cognition - The Acquisition and Transfer of Folk-biological Knowledge

    Seiten 41 - 70
  6. The Transfer of Knowledge from Mesopotamia to Egypt

    Seiten 71 - 98
  7. Epistemology in the Biblical Tradition - Judean Knowledge-Building, Scribal Craftsmanship, and Scribal Culture

    Seiten 99 - 122
  8. Bodies of Texts, Bodies of Tradition - Medical Expertise and Knowledge of the Body among Rabbinic Jews in Late Antiquity

    Seiten 123 - 166
  9. The Reception and Rejection of "Foreign" Astronomical Knowledge in Byzantium

    Seiten 167 - 184
  10. "He assigned Him as the Jewel of the night" - The Knowledge of the Moon in Mesopotamian Texts of the Late Second and First Millennia BCE

    Seiten 187 - 212
  11. Shapeshifter - Knowledge of the Moon in Graeco-Roman Egypt

    Seiten 213 - 252
  12. Concepts Concerning the Moon in Plutarch's De facie in orbe lunae - Found, Inherited, or Borrowed Ideas

    Seiten 253 - 278
  13. Conclusion - Of Moon and Men: Observations about the Knowledge of the Moon in Antiquity

    Seiten 279 - 286
  14. Know Your Sources Before You Argue - Minucius Felix and Augustine of Hippo on the Conflagration

    Seiten 289 - 312
  15. The Idea of an Apocalyptic Fire According to the Old and Middle Iranian Sources

    Seiten 313 - 342
  16. Poets, Prophets, and Philosophers - The End of the World According to Otto von Freising

    Seiten 343 - 364
  17. The Ragnarǫk Myth in Scandinavia - Finding, Inheriting, and Borrowing

    Seiten 365 - 384
  18. Conclusion - The End of the World in Fire

    Seiten 385 - 390
  19. About the Authors

    Seiten 391 - 394
  20. Authors and Texts Cited

    Seiten 395 - 402
  21. General index

    Seiten 403 - 408
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2019-03-05, 408 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-4236-0

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Book title
Finding, Inheriting or Borrowing? The Construction and Transfer of Knowledge in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
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Ancient Near-Eastern Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Celtic Studies, Classical Philology, Egyptology, History of Science, Literary Studies, Medieval and Byzantine Studies
Antiquity, Middle Ages, Knowledge Transfer, Universals, Cultural History, History of Astronomy, Eschatology, Ancient History, Medieval History, History

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