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of the Histories of Anthropology

An archaeologist of classical antiquity, popularizer of the history of art and philosophy, Salomon Reinach (1858-1932) was also an anthropologist, participating in debates at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. He engaged mainly in universal comparisons, using key concepts, particularly those of magic and totemism, to explain the origins of myths, rites and religions. A free attaché to the National Antiquities Museum (1886), he remained there all his life, later becoming assistant curator (1893) and director of the institution (1902).

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