By William W Hallo

"Origins" is the 1st absolutely finished research of the debt owed through sleek western tradition to old close to jap civilization - a debt touched upon by way of regular histories of the traditional close to East yet by no means as systematically investigated as right here by means of William W. Hallo. the writer, who has committed a life-time to the examine of the traditional close to East, locations the emphasis at the means the traditional close to East keeps to form our Western global. he's taking an in-depth examine the traditional origins of many associations which are such a lot necessary to modern existence - and customarily taken without any consideration. within the exploration of the "first 1/2 history," Hallo indicates that glossy rules of urbanism and the formation of capital have been first constructed among 3000-500 BC and that facets of 20th-century agriculture, production and alternate return to historical Mesopotamia, Egypt and Israel. distinct realization is given to the function performed via ladies, arguing that this used to be a regularly non-traditional one; for instance, girls are proven to were one of the first authors in historical past who're truly recognized via their names. The scope of the paintings is big: Hallo methodically examines a variety of subject matters, from the order of the alphabet to the coronation of kings, and from education to the calendar. An fascinating contact is equipped by way of sections on video games and at the world's oldest cookbooks. This ground-breaking learn leaves the reader with a whole appreciation of the legacy of the traditional close to East to trendy Western society, in all its features. it is going to be crucial analyzing for researchers and common readers alike who're attracted to the cultural historical past of the West in addition to the historical past of the traditional close to East.

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