Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others

Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others

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The ancient civilization of Mesopotamia thrived between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates over 4,000 years ago. The myths collected here, originally written in cuneiform on clay tablets, include parallels with the biblical stories of the Creation and the Flood, and the famous Epic of Gilgamesh, the tale of a man of great strength, whose heroic quest for immortality

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The ancient civilization of Mesopotamia thrived between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates over 4,000 years ago. The myths collected here, originally written in cuneiform on clay tablets, include parallels with the biblical stories of the Creation and the Flood, and the famous Epic of Gilgamesh, the tale of a man of great strength, whose heroic quest for immortality is dashed through one moment of weakness.

Recent developments in Akkadian grammar and lexicography mean that this new translation—complete with notes, a glossary of deities, place-names, and key terms, and illustrations of the mythical monsters featured in the text—will replace all other versions.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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"Fresh, authoritative English translations from the sources."—Classical World

"A careful, scholarly edition of a variety of important texts from ancient mesopotamia. Dalley's scrupulous care in showing lacunae makes this a harder narrative for classroom use but her annotations are thorough and her insights illuminating."—Nick Humez, Montclair State
University

"[Dalley] obviously controls the material as a scholar."—Comparative Civilizations Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199538362
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2009
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
219,676
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
RichieTwo More than 1 year ago
The book is excellently annotated. In the case of Gilgamesh, which was my primary interest, different versions are presented. If you are interested in reading some of the first material ever written by mankind (on clay tablets) you need to get this book. This is not a fictionalized version but as factual as can be had. Thank you Stephanie.
BBurns More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a great volume on Mesopotamian myths, this is the book for you! From the Anunnaki, to the Flood, to Gilgamesh and more - this is a great volume. The explanatory notes are quite helpful, and the translations are very readable. The glossary is also a valuable resource. If you have ever tried to read these myths before (in any translation), you are probably aware of the gaps - missing words or lines. They do not read as wholly unbroken narratives. When possible, Stephanie Dalley has provided supplemental texts to assist the reader. Dalley also notes alternate translation options. I am not a Mesopotamian scholar; my interest is in general mythology and storytelling. Still, from the perspective of an interested layperson, Myths from Mesopotamia is a wonderful book with outstanding scholarship. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago