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Late Ancient Knowing

Explorations in Intellectual History

Catherine Michael Chin (Hrsg.), Moulie Vidas (Hrsg.)

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Sachbuch / Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Antike

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In this collection of essays, scholars from a range of disciplines explore the activity of knowing in late antiquity by focusing on thirteen major concepts from the intellectual, social, political, and cultural history of the period. They ask two questions about each of these concepts: what did late ancient people know about them, and how was that knowledge expressed in people’s actions? Late Ancient Knowing integrates intellectual history, post-structuralist literary theory, and recent trends in cognitive science to examine the ways that historical thought-worlds both shaped individual lives and were in turn shaped by the actions of individuals. Each chapter treats its main concept as a problem both of knowledge and of practice or behavior. The result is a richly imagined description of how people of this time understood and navigated their world, from travel through the countryside and encounters with demons to philosophical medicine and the etiquette of imperial courts.

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ancient civilization, imperial courts, political history, knowledge, cognitive science, social history, post structuralist theory, knowing in ancient civilization, post structuralism, historical knowledge, problems of knowledge, late antiquity, philosophical medicine, historical thought, nature of cognition, cultural history, history of theology, epistemology, history of thought, history of epistemology, intellectual history, theories of knowledge, history of science, ancient people