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Hum Hist handout 8 - Human History Week 5, lecture 2 The...

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Human History Week 5, lecture 2 The Axial Age 2/4/10 The retreat of godlike kingship Retreat of godlike kingship in 1st millennium BCE creates sense of crisis E.g., Greek poet Hesiod, c. 700 BCE: Would that I had died before or been born later, for now is truly an age of iron . .. Righteousness and Indignation, their loveliness wrapped in robes of white, depart the wide-avenued earth. They abandon mankind to join the deathless gods on Olympus; bitter sorrows will be left for mortal men; and there will be no more aid against evil. The Axial Age New ideas appear; bundled together in 1940s by Karl Jaspers under title “Axial Age”: 1st millennium BCE is, for Jaspers, the axis around which world history turned. Says “Man, as we know him today, came into being” New ideas become “the Classics” everywhere from China and India through Israel and Europe: timeless masterpieces giving meaning to life for 2,500 years New ideas come from margins—socially (from lower rungs of elite) and geographically (from small states) E.g., Hebrew Prophets in Israel, on fringes Assyrian Empire, early 1st millennium BCE Prophets promote vision of covenant between God and entire Jewish people
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2010 for the course IHUM 69 taught by Professor Morris during the Spring '10 term at Stanford.

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