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This is the first book of Sumerian mythology I've read. And it does recount some myths, so there's that. I hope there are better (by which I mean "other") ones. At any rate, this review won't tell you whether the book is any good; I hope, though, that it tells you fairly what you're in for. In certain respects this book left me scratching my head. I have no idea who the intended audience is. It attempts at least three things: narrating the myths, recounting the process of their identification by the author, and "analyzing" their meaning and significance. On the one hand he does all of these things concisely; on the other, it seems so perfunctory as to be intended for a non-professional readership (and some parts are clearly written for the uninitiated): but then there's a great deal of information that would only be of use or even interest to the professional (e.g., nearly all of the plates and original end-notes). As far as I'm concerned the best part of the book is the actual myths, which is why I borrowed the book in the first place. (I'd say it's the strongest part of the book, but I don't read Sumerian so, in light of what I say below, I can't offer an opinion on that.) He still manages to present these in an annoying fashion, though. Rather than just offer straight translations (which, in fairness, he does about half the time), all but one or two of the myths are presented as sections of translation broken up by sections of summary prose. The prose sections bothered me because the act of translation already requires faith in the translator's authority; why add another layer? He claims in many cases that the summarized passages are incomprehensible, but wouldn't that be apparent in the straight translation? And anyway there are plenty of gaps and uncertainties in the straight translations that are given, so what makes the prosified ones special? Too, because of the tenor of the prose, and in spite of new end-notes, I am left wondering whether the "Sumerian mythology" presented in his book is exhaustive or representative of the Sumerian mythological corpus known at the time of the revision, or whether it's a purposeful selection of Kramer's. In fairness, he does describe at the outset the extent of available Sumerian documents that bear on Sumerian mythology, which is (or was) surprisingly limited: as of 1966, apparently only 5,000 "literary compositions" of which only 3,000 or so had been fully translated. The myths are generally interesting for at least one of a variety of reasons (interest of rhythm [and honestly a couple are stupefyingly dull, which is curiously interesting in its own right], parallels with later myths, history of figurative language, conceptual interest, &c.). I suppose scholars would be glad to know the registration numbers of each tablet used in reconstructing each myth (which comprise the bulk of the footnotes and original end-notes), but the narrations and analyses do not seem scholarly at all (although this may be due to my being accustomed to the high-falutin' academy of the late 20th c.). Not being a student of ancient Mesopotamia I have no idea how adequate Kramer's description of the identification process is. What I did notice particularly is how all of the myths in the book seem only to be understood as well as they are because of his efforts. He acknowledges the contributions of the giants of the field (i.e., his big-name predecessors) but doesn't really suggest that he stood on their shoulders. The tenor suggests rather that they did a lot of grunt work but for the most part didn't realize its implications, and that it was only Kramer's additional work that made their earlier work at all meaningful. There is an awful lot of "I," "me," and "my" in the narratives of the myth-identifications; pp. 85–86 provide a good sense of that. And some of his narratives don't quite jive. Of one myth he said that two giants each published fragments of a single tablet, but only when he discovered the piece of the tablet that joined the earlier-published fragments (1) was it clear that they...
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Read this as part of my Sumerian research
Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Illustrated Dictionary
Jeremy Black,Anthony Green
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