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 cleared parallels and antiquity. A careful study of these forerunners of our traditions, particularity as they contributed to the downfall of earlier civilizations, may help us avoid some of the mistakes of our predecessors.
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The Ancient State, by Hugh Nibley, is a thought-provoking examination of aspects of ancient culture, from the use of marked arrows to the surprisingly universal conception of kinship, from argument from 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.