Ancient Ideals: A Study of Intellectual and Spiritual Growth from Early Times to the Establishment of Christianity - Vol. 1

Ancient Ideals: A Study of Intellectual and Spiritual Growth from Early Times to the Establishment of Christianity - Vol. 1

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Ancient Ideals: A Study of Intellectual and Spiritual Growth from Early Times to the Establishment of Christianity - Vol. 1

Ancient Ideals: A Study of Intellectual and Spiritual Growth from Early Times to the Establishment of Christianity - Vol. 1

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In view of the progress of historical research, causing some modification of opinion,--and our judgment of the past alters not merely through the increase of our knowledge, but likewise because of changes in ourselves in these progressive decades,--I have ventured to hope that a new historical survey of the mental and spiritual growth of mankind may be of interest to the scholar as well as to the thoughtful general reader.

The present work is an attempt to treat human development from the standpoint of the ideals of the different races, as these ideals disclose themselves in the art and literature, in the philosophy and religion, and in the conduct and political fortunes of each race. it has been my endeavor to preserve a unity of plan in setting forth the part taken by each race in the human drama. I have sought to make clear the nature of the contribution made by each to the stages of human growth reached before the Christian era; and to indicate in what respects these contributions became permanent elements of humanity and thus elements of its further possibilities,-- possibilities that find in Christianity perfect conditions for their final realization.

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