A Handbook of Ancient Religions

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John R. Hinnells
Cambridge University Press, Mar 1, 2007 - Religion
Ancient civilisations exercise an intense fascination for people the world over. This Handbook provides a vivid, scholarly, and eminently readable account of ancient cultures around the world, from China to India, the Middle East, Egypt, Europe, and the Americas. It examines the development of religious belief from the time of the Palaeolithic cave paintings to the Aztecs and Incas. Covering the whole of society not just the elite, the Handbook outlines the history of the different societies so that their religion and culture can be understood in context. Each chapter includes discussion of the broad field of relevant studies alerting the reader to wider debates on each subject. An international team of scholars convey their own deep enthusiasm for their subject and provide a unique study of both popular and 'official' religion in the ancient world.
 

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Hinnells (Oriental & African studies, Univ. of London;The Zoroastrian Diaspora ) has compiled a set of dryly factual articles by academics and researchers introducing the general reader to facets of ... Read full review

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Contents

1 Palaeolithic art and religion
7
2 Ancient Egypt
46
3 Religion in ancient Ugarit
105
4 Mesopotamia
161
5 Ancient Israel to the fall
214
6 Greek religion
266
7 Religions in the Roman
318
8 Ancient Europe
364
Fig 93 Plan of Kalibangan
427
Fig 95 The narrative seal of Divine Adoration
430
Fig 921 The Ebani or Enkidu seal from Mohenjodaro
458
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10 The religion of ancient China
490

9 The Indus Civilization
418
Fig 92 Plan of Harappa
426
11 Aztec and Inca civilizations
537

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John R. Hinnells is Research Professor in the Comparative Study of Religions at Liverpool Hope University, Honorary Professorial Research Fellow at SOAS, University of London and Senior Member of Robinson College, Cambridge. He is author of Zoroastrians in Britain (1996) and The Zoroastrian Diaspora (2005). His edited works include The New Dictionary of Religions (1995/1997) and A New Handbook of Living Religions (1996/1998).

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