Before the Muses: An Anthology of Akkadian Literature

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CDL Press, 2005 - Literary Collections - 1044 pages
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"Before the Muses offers a comprehensive anthology in new English translations, of the best writing from the Mesopotamian lands of Babylonia and Assyria: myths, epics, love poetry, prophecy, hymns, prayers, stories, wisdom, proverbs, and magic spells. The richness and variety of this ancient written legacy reveal the ideas, beliefs, feelings, and artful expression of men and women who speak to us from the dawn of civilization."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - Harper Jean - Goodreads

1,000 pages of myths, military narratives, poems, incantations, hymns, and other literary tidbits from the third to first millennia BC There is an enormous amount of rich material here, but Foster's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Peter - Goodreads

Very detailed and comprehensive. Akkad is mostly seen as Year 0 so its relationship with Sumer is a bit obscured. Gives you a great variety of types of Akkadian writing. I like reading invocations of Ishtar out loud and they are spell binding. Read full review

About the author (2005)

Benjamin R. Foster is Laffan Professor of Assyriology at Yale University.

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