The Ancient State

The Rulers and the Ruled

One important key to understanding modern civilization is a familiarity with its ancient background. Many modern principles and practices–social, political, and even economic–have clear parallels in antiquity. A careful study of these forerunners of our traditions, particularly as they contributed to the downfall of earlier civilizations, may help us avoid some of the mistakes of our predecessors.

The Ancient State, by Hugh Nibley, is a thought-provoking examination of assorted aspects of ancient culture, from the use of marked arrows to the surprisingly universal conception of kinship, from arguments of various schools of philosophy to the rise of rhetoric. Author Hugh Nibley brings his usual meticulous research and scholarship to bear in this enlightening collection of essays and lectures.

It has been said that only by learning the lessons of history can we hope to avoid repeating them. For scholar and novice alike, The Ancient State is a valuable source of such learning.

Table of Contents

  • Key to Abbreviations
  • Foreword
  • The Arrow, the Hunter, and the State
  • Tenting, Toll, and Taxing
  • The Hierocentric State
  • Sparsiones
  • The Unsolved Loyalty Problem: Our Western Heritage
  • Victoriosa Loquacitas: The Rise of Rhetoric and the Decline of Everything Else
  • How to Have a Quiet Campus, Antique Style
  • New Light on Scaliger
  • Three Shrines: Mantic, Sophic, and Sophistic
  • Paths That Stray: Some Notes on Sophic and Mantic - Part 1
  • Paths That Stray: Some Notes on Sophic and Mantic - Part 2
  • Paths That Stray: Some Notes on Sophic and Mantic - Part 3
  • Paths That Stray: Some Notes on Sophic and Mantic - Part 4
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Publication Information

  • Publication Date: 1981
  • ISBN 13: 978-0875793757
  • Page Count: 528
  • Illustration(s): 0
  • Binding: hardcover
  • Price: $ 49.99
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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