The Treasures of Darkness: A History of Mesopotamian Religion
" ... No one can plausibly deny that the religious development of the peoples of Canaan (and indeed of all the ancient world around the eastern Mediterranean to the Indus river) were affected by the cultural and religious developments in Mesopotamia, the centre of the region, and a fertile region second to none known in the world, on a par with the Nile, around which another major civilization arose. This is a text of history of Mesopotamia in its own right. By the time history gets back this far, the lines become very blurred, rather like parallel lines intersecting on the horizon. Literature, religion, archaeology, sociology, psychology -- all of these disciplines become intertwined in Jacobsen's text as he looks at Sumerian society. The book is organized with an introduction, then according to time divisions of fourth, third, and second millennia, then concludes with an epilogue into the first millennium, during which the Bible as we know it (and most ancient history such as is commonly known occurred) came to be"--Amazon.com.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
Akkadian Amaushumgalanna ancient Mesopotamian Anshar Apsu aspect assembly Atrahasis attitude Babylon bird bull of heaven called child cosmic cult Damu death deity desert divine Dumuzi Dynasty Eanna Enki Enki's Enkidu Enlil Enuma elish Ereshkigal Eridu evil father fertility flood Geshtinanna Gilgamesh Epic Girsu give birth goddess gods grain Gudea Hades hand heart heaven and earth holy human husband Huwawa hymn Imdugud Inanna Ishkur Ishtar killed king kingship lady Lahamu lament lines Marduk millennium B.C. moon mother mountains myth netherworld Ningirsu Ningishzida Ninhursaga Ninlil Nintur Ninurta Nippur numinous numinous power Old Babylonian rain reeds religious rite ritual ruler metaphor sacred marriage second millennium seems shepherd sister sleep song storehouse storm story Sumerian sweet Tablet tells temple third millennium thou Ti'amat tradition Uruk Utanapishtim verily wedding wild word worship young