The Ancient Mesopotamians

The Ancient Mesopotamians

by Virginia Schomp

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Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed
Studying myths, legends and traditional stories bring history to life about any civilization. In a series called "Myths of the World," the author begins Part One by introducing the Mesopotamians through their culture, government, religion, geography, language and belief systems. Part Two contains mythology, a fine collection of explanations about life, the universe, and related aspects. Storytelling is certainly universal across generations in every tradition. Thus, significant meaning is passed on to others via oral and written tales that also enhance a group's identity. Ancient myths, however, generally offer several versions or contain elements that may or not be verified. Retelling stories for multiple audiences provides a common thread throughout societies old and new or even for pure enjoyment then as now. Throughout the book are marvelous artifacts, maps, works of art, language notes, and additional glimpses into the lives of the Mesopotamians. The author's extensive resources give a sense of depth concerning the research involved when gathering historical puzzle pieces about ancient peoples. Myths cover basic questions about the origins of life, nature, and death in any culture. "When on High" relates how the world and the gods came into being, while "The Rebellion of the Gods" tells about the birth of humanity. Then, the wrath of the gods is explained in "The Great Flood," immortality lost is told in "Adapa and the South Wind," and the four seasons are described in "Inanna Descends to the Underworld." Lastly, "The Epic of Gilgamesh" finishes the collection with a heroic quest. Readers will find the "Cast of Characters" listed before every myth quite helpful since there is aneasy pronunciation guide with a very brief description of primary historical figures. The book also includes a glossary, a section on "Ancient Mesopotamian Writing and Texts" (including an annotated source list for each myth), a list of places to find more information, an index of web sites, a selected bibliography, notes on quotations, and an index. These features are written with advanced readers in mind, but are not overwhelming or bland. "Myths of the World" brings to life ancient civilizations through the marvels of storytelling, a vast network of rich history to be shared for years to come. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed

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Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date:
Myths of the World Series
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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