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Archaism
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With the crisis of the belief in progress, in the 1880s, came a change in the models of history. Instead of an evaluation of the progress of the ages as a progress from primitive beginnings to ever loftier rungs on the ladder of humanity, one encounters a complete reversal of the conceptualization of this development. First, archaeologists came to understand that pre-classical art is more than a ‘not yet’—the incapability, so to speak, of presenting anything worthwhile at this early stage—which …

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Archaism”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 20 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_SIM_00007>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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