Greek Myths And Mesopotamia

Greek Myths And Mesopotamia

by Charles Penglase
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415157063
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/27/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Chronological chart
Maps
1Foundations1
2Inanna15
3Ninurta49
4From Ekur to Olympos73
5The Homeric Hymn to Apollo76
6The Homeric Hymn to Demeter126
7Myths of Aphrodite and Her Origins159
8Journeys of Hermes and Zeus180
9Pandora, Prometheus and the Myths of Enki197
10The Birth of Athena230
11Conclusion237
Appendix I Ereshkigal's queenship of the netherworld246
Appendix II Some sources for Mesopotamian literature248
Bibliography251
Index265

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