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Dawn of Conscience Hardcover – September, 1976

ISBN-13: 978-0684147413 ISBN-10: 0684147416
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co (September 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684147416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684147413
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,898,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Noel Byrne on July 24, 2001
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I read this book almost 33 years ago (in the fall of 1968), as one of seven books required for a Humanities class taught at Santa Rosa Junior College by Rabbi Tripp (sic?). I was astonished by the significance of James H. Breasted's thesis, the empirical support for his argument, the cogency of his presentation, and the truly impressive quality of his engaging, erudite, and entirely engrossing style of composition. In brief, Breasted argues (and substantiates with his close attention to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and other forms of evidence)that a truly moral conception of the human condition (and the foundations of conscience)emerged first in Egypt, profoundly influencing the Hebrews, who proceeded to moralize the universe. Breasted traces the dawn of conscience to Egypt. Through the (great many) years since then, Breasted's work has repeatedly come to mind, both for the significance of his thesis and the quality of his writing. Because of this, I decided to check with AMAZON.COM to see if Breasted's wonderful book is still available. It was with great surprise that I found that Philip Myhre has written a (properly adulatory)review of this great book only a little more than a month ago, and that his home town is practically next door. Since this indicates that others might seek out this valuable book, I add my assessment: Read this book. You will not forget it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Philip Myhre on June 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you only read one book about ancient Egypt this is it. The morals, the thoughts, the heart of the ancients are here on display. It is a book published long ago but the content is as fresh as if it were published today. If you are interested in Egyptian thought and the incredible civilization and culture they produced, this is a book that must be read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul B on February 28, 2013
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Very good understanding for the situation, when it was written. So of his facts are dated, and even wrong in the light of new discoveries. But his overall understanding and resulting conceptual analysis is brilliant, timeless, and thought provoking
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By Hala El Barkouky on December 1, 2014
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