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The Origins of European Thought: About the Body, the Mind, by Richard Broxton Onians

By Richard Broxton Onians

Fascinating little bit of scholarship, stumbled on connection with it in a Northrop Frye booklet. could have been extra vital if the Nineteen Sixties by no means hit the academy.
recommended for those who are looking to see type mature scholarship of people that have been encouraged via JG Frazer of their formative years. and may be of curiosity to a person who likes "history of ideas" approaches.

from publisher:
Onians' notable paintings of scholarship sought to house the very roots of eu civilization and suggestion: the elemental ideals approximately lifestyles, brain, physique, soul, and human future which are embodied within the myths and legends of the ancients. the quantity is is still a desirable choice of principles and motives of cultures as different because the Greeks and the Norse, the Celts and the Jews, and the chinese language and the Romans.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 1st edition
Preface to the second one edition
Part I. The brain and the Body:
1. a few techniques of consciousness
2. The organs of consciousness
3. The stuff of consciousness
4. Cognition - the 5 senses
5. The liver and the belly

Part II. The Immortal Soul and the Body:
6. The psyche
7. The Genius, Numen, etc
8. Anima and Animus
9. The knees
10. The strength
11. The stuff of life
12. River-worship and a few varieties of the life-substance
13. the realm: beginnings of Greek 'philosophy'
14. dying and cremation
15. The choices to the useless and to the Gods
16. Nectar and Ambrosia

Part III. destiny and Time:
17. 'On the knees of the Gods'
18. Peirata
19. Kairos
20. The ewaving of fate
21. different peoples - destiny and magic
22. Moiran epitithenal, pepromenos
23. Hyper moron and the relation of the Gods to fate
24. The Jars of Zeus, the scales of Zeus, and the Keres
25. Time - Emar
26. Lachesis, Klotho, and Atropos
27. levels of physique and brain, sorrow, sleep, dying, etc
28. Telos


from wikipedia:

Richard Broxton Onians (1899 - 1986) used to be a extraordinary classicist and Hildred Carlile Professor of Latin within the collage of London.[1] His significant e-book used to be his enormous and eccentric[citation wanted] paintings, The Origins of eu concept: in regards to the physique, the brain, the Soul, the area, Time and destiny (Cambridge UP, 1951).

Onians' doctoral examine explored techniques in Homer and used to be offered the Hare Prize in 1926, a situation being that the paintings may be released through 1929. He negotiated an extension to this closing date, and even supposing a 1935 draft with the name Origins of Greek & Roman proposal, typically about the physique, the brain, the soul and destiny is held through the British Library,[3] his booklet used to be no longer released till 1951, because the Origins of eu inspiration: concerning the physique, the brain, the Soul, the realm, Time and destiny (Cambridge college Press).[4]
An improved model used to be released in 1954, and it used to be reprinted in a paperback variation from Cambridge college Press in 1988 and back in 2011 (ISBN 9781107648005).[5]
His obituary within the occasions in 1986 stated "Although the booklet, which covers an enormous box, doesn't consistently hold conviction, it used to be the most vital of its day within the box of classical reports and is still a helpful tool.", and commented that he had released little else even though he had labored on additions to the book.[2]

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