Greek Myths and Mesopotamia: Parallels and Influence in the Homeric Hymns and Hesiod

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Routledge, Oct 4, 2003 - History - 290 pages
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The Mesopotamian influence on Greek mythology in literary works of the epic period is considerable - yet it is a largely unexplored field. In this book Charles Penglase investigates major Mesopotamian and Greek myths. His examination concentrates on journey myths. A major breakthrough is achieved in the recognition of the extent of Mesopotamian influence and in the understanding of the colourful myths involved.
The results are of significant interest, especially to scholars and students of ancient Greek and Near Eastern religion and mythology.
 

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Flawed book with many fallacious presumptions and one side views that ignored the obvious and clear Greek And Hittite influence on Mesopotamia and the east or near east we’ll and that the Greeks and Turk at this time the book was written and published were shown to be independent of Mesopotamians and had their own unique epics and mythos alien to the ancient Iraqi who in turn borrowed from their Aryan neighbors to the north and east and west in memorial times as well if not more so. The most eastern ever influence on Greeks was the Hittites and the Hittites separates their gods from the Mesopotamians and Levantine ones. Some the co cousin and correction to this book and flawed scholarship is that it’s a needy want by the author because of the magnificence of the Mesopotamians and their mythos and assumptions of wide influence get ignores all thethings in front that prove th “influence and shared” as wrong and quite the opposite. The ancients shared but also had very very very strong differences that make the facts as they are. And this is one of them.  

Contents

FOUNDATIONS
1
INANNA
15
NINURTA
49
FROM EKUR TO OLYMPOS
73
THE HOMERIC HYMN TO APOLLO
76
THE HOMERIC HYMN TO DEMETER
126
MYTHS OF APHRODITE AND HER ORIGINS
159
JOURNEYS OF HERMES AND ZEUS
180
PANDORA PROMETHEUS AND THE MYTHS OF ENKI
197
THE BIRTH OF ATHENA
230
CONCLUSION
237
Ereshkigals queenship of the netherworld
246
Some sources for Mesopotamian literature
248
Bibliography
251
Index
265
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