How much do we really know about the ancient world? Why do monuments that were built at the very dawn of civilization still have the power to inspire awe and wonder? Why do these early civilizations appear to have possessed a level of scientific knowledge much greater than those that followed? What is the meaning of their extraordinary mythological tradition, with its bizarre and colourful imagery?
The answers provided by contemporary historical and archaeological thinking are often unsatisfying and unconvincing. Their approach to the ancient world is rooted in the mechanistic paradigm of nineteenth-century science and refuses to recognize the deep mystery behind the achievements of our ancestors. The linear model of history, with its worship of technology and unquestioning belief in ourselves as the pinnacle of human development, inevitably views earlier civilizations as inferior to our own. It follows that earlier cultures can have nothing to teach us.
This is a compilation from a new series of books that aims to lift the veil from the mysteries of the past. These books draw on myth, history, archaeology, mysticism and modern science in an attempt to understand the ancient civilizations of the Near East. Among the subjects covered are: the origins of civilization, the spiritual geography of ancient Egypt, the meaning of the ancient death cults, the concept of world ages based on astronomical cycles, and the spiritual technology that ultimately inspired the Western occult tradition. We ask what these things meant to our ancestors, and what they can mean for us today.
It is only by drawing on a variety of disciplines and tying together all these disparate threads that we can hope to arrive at a meaningful understanding of the ancient world.
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Published May 7, 2013
History, Religion & Spirituality.