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The Great Transformation by Karen Armstrong
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Sep 21, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: religion, history
Read in September, 2010

Karen Armstrong's power is to creative narratives out of acts and to elucidate the meaning of ritual. In this case, the histories of the Jews, Chinese, Greek and Aryan traditions are explained during the first axial age (about 800 to 200 BCE) in multi-century chunks which is the period during which philosophy becomes a discipline but here it's addressed in its religious context.

I found the discussion of the history of China easy to lose track of and dull and the development of the Greek tradition to be the most interesting as it went much beyond simply discussing an epic or tragedy.
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