Some Remarks on Whitehouse et al. (2019), “Complex Societies Precede Moralizing Gods throughout World History”

A Qualitative Review of Ancient World Data (Ancient Egypt, Roman Empire) from Seshat: The Global History Databank

Authors

  • Franziska Naether Universität Leipzig

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jch.39578

Keywords:

Seshat, Digital Humanities, Big Data of the Ancient World, Digital History, Egyptology

Abstract

This contribution reviews the methods behind historical data-gathering and data-coding in the Seshat Databank and the results illustrated in Whitehouse et al.’s (2019) “Complex Societies Precede Moralizing Gods throughout World History.” Particular emphasis is placed on data from Ancient Egypt and Roman periods. Critical reflections on the moralizing gods debate are also presented. The conclusions call for more integration between already existing projects within the Digital Humanities and warn researchers of the pitfalls of inattentive historical and qualitative analysis in Big Data scholarship.

Author Biography

Franziska Naether, Universität Leipzig

Franziska Naether is a Senior Research Associate at the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities and Adjunct Professor at Leipzig University, Germany and Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

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Published

2022-01-06

How to Cite

Naether, F. . (2022). Some Remarks on Whitehouse et al. (2019), “Complex Societies Precede Moralizing Gods throughout World History”: A Qualitative Review of Ancient World Data (Ancient Egypt, Roman Empire) from Seshat: The Global History Databank. Journal of Cognitive Historiography, 6(1-2), 113–121. https://doi.org/10.1558/jch.39578

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