Gods, Demons, and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Illustrated Dictionary

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Overview

Ancient Mesopotamia was a rich, varied and highly complex culture whose achievements included the invention of writing and the development of sophisticated urban society. This book offers an introductory guide to the beliefs and customs of the ancient Mesopotamians, as revealed in their art and their writings between about 3000 B.C. and the advent of the Christian era. Gods, goddesses, demons, monsters, magic, myths, religious symbolism, ritual, and the spiritual world are all discussed in alphabetical entries ranging from short accounts to extended essays. Names are given in both their Sumerian and Akkadian forms, and all entries are fully cross-referenced. A useful introduction provides historical and geographical background and describes the sources of our knowledge about the religion, mythology and magic of "the cradle of civilisation".

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History Today
The authors know their material inside out . . . The choice of illustrations, both half-tone and line-drawings, and the careful, cross-referencing of entries make this book a compelling compendium of ideas and images.
— Trevor Watkins
History Today - Trevor Watkins
The authors know their material inside out . . . The choice of illustrations, both half-tone and line-drawings, and the careful, cross-referencing of entries make this book a compelling compendium of ideas and images.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292707948
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 805,552
  • Product dimensions: 6.79 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2000

    Excellent gods reference

    The book is setup just like a Dictionary with all the common Deities of Ancient(Sumer and Akkad only)Mesopotamia. All definitions have reference to other terms listed in bold letters somewhere in the defining paragraph. This makes cross referencing terms an easy goal to accomplish. The book does not include Egyptain, Canaanite, or Hittite Deities. However, there is a great companion volume to 'Gods,Demon,and symbols in Ancient Mesopotamia' called 'Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible' edited by Karel Van Der Toorn and for a complete book of all the Canaanite gods and stories that are availible try 'Canaanite Myths and legends' by John Gibson. Also the best book I've read to date about Canaanite religion is 'Canaanite Religion' by Gregorio Del Olmo Lete. I have all four and they are a must for anyone doing research on the Ancient gods of The fertile Crescent and the Near East

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