Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 337 pages
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The ancient civilization of Mesopotamia thrived between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates over 4,000 years ago. The myths collected here, originally written in cuneiform on clay tablets, include parallels with the biblical stories of the Creation and the Flood, and the famous Epic of Gilgamesh, the tale of a man of great strength, whose heroic quest for immortality is dashed through one moment of weakness.
Recent developments in Akkadian grammar and lexicography mean that this new translation--complete with notes, a glossary of deities, place-names, and key terms, and illustrations of the mythical monsters featured in the text--will replace all other versions.
 

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User Review  - keyboardcouch - LibraryThing

I just picked this up to get unembelished accounts of Gilgamesh and Inanan's decent. Had a flip through the other myths, but ultimately I don't have a high enough interest to persevere with them. This ... Read full review

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User Review  - keylawk - LibraryThing

Atrahasis, the wise man who built an ark and saved mankind from destruction by a Flood, becoming a quasi-immortal progenitor. His story is delicately (speaking of cannibalism [27a] and slavery [26b ... Read full review

Contents

Atrahasis i
13
The Epic of Gilgamesh standard version
39
Old Babylonian version
136
The Descent of Ishtar to the Underworld
154
Nergal and Ereshkigal standard version
163
Amarna version
178
Etana
189
Anzu standard version
203
Old Babylonian version
222
The Epic of Creation
228
Theogony of Dunnu
278
Glossary of Deities Places and Key Terms
317
Select Bibliography
332
Supplementary Passages
338
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Stephanie Dalley is at Somerville College, Oxford.

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