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Author examines ancient civilizations’ influence on today’s society

“Origins of Society” by Namish Parikh examines the beginnings of society as we’ve come to know and accept it


BETHESDA, Md. – As the old adage goes, a man knows nothing unless he knows his origins. Namish Parikh explores societal origins and exposes the underlying elements that would later spawn the society we have come to know in “Origins of Society” (ISBN 1452822905). The book cites historical examples from Hindu, Greek and Roman civilizations to examine the beginning and subsequent development of society, power and law.

The book finds that men first united into society to secure and preserve their families. Parikh pays specific attention to the framework of ancient society and how it developed into the legal and social institutions of the present day.

“I was inspired by a lack of a unifying social theory which ties together each of the constituent elements of organized society,” Parikh says. “As a rule, family ties, inheritance, property, commerce, contracts, torts, crimes, trials, international relations, war and religion are studied and taught as independent subjects. However, these subjects are neither independent nor unconnected.”

The evolution of each of these elements reveals man’s ever-present goal of self-preservation, as his notions of self expand to include his family, his extended family, and the cumulative groupings of families, associated through shared physical features, manners, and customs, which became the commonwealth.

Parikh hopes that through “Origins of Society,” readers of all backgrounds will learn how ancient man developed the elements of today’s modern society. Readers will gain a deeper understanding of how these elements are connected and how they affect everything, from international relationships to how we interact with our family, friends and enemies.

Origins of Society” is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author:

Namish Parikh is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. He earned his LLM from Georgetown University Law Center, his JD from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MBA from the University of North Carolina. Parikh has previously worked as a college lecturer, corporate financial analyst and a corporate lawyer.


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