Download Empty Bottles Of Gentilism Kingship And The Divine In Late Antiquity And The Early Middle Ages To 1050 The Emergence Of Western Political Thought In The Latin Middle Ages

Empty Bottles of Gentilism: Kingship and the Divine in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (to 1050) (The Emergence of Western Political Thought in the Latin Middle Ages)

Francis Oakley

Format: Print Length

Language: English

Pages: 321

Publisher: Yale University Press (March 11, 2010)

ISBN: B0038LB4JE

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In this book—the first volume in his groundbreaking trilogy on the emergence of western political thought—Francis Oakley explores the roots of secular political thinking by examining the political ideology and institutions of Hellenistic and late Roman antiquity and of the early European middle ages. By challenging the popular belief that the ancient Greek and Roman worlds provided the origins of our inherently secular politics, Oakley revises our understanding of the history of political theory in a fundamental and far-reaching manner that will reverberate for decades. This book lays the foundations for Oakley's next two volumes, which will develop his argument that it is in the Latin middle ages that we must seek the ideological roots of modern political secularism.