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 is dashed through one moment of weakness.
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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.

These ancient stories from the cradle of civilization--ancient Mesopotamia--stand alongside the Odyssey in their popularity. The collection includes the great literary composition, The Epic of Gilgamesh, a story of a heroic quest for fame and immortality. mortality.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780192835895
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Sigla and Abbreviations
Introduction
Chronological Chart
Atrahasis 1
The Epic of Gilgamesh, standard version 39
The Epic of Gilgamesh, Old Babylonian version 136
The Descent of Ishtar to the Underworld 154
Nergal and Ereshkigal, standard version 163
Nergal and Ereshkigal, Amarna version 178
Adapa 182
Etana 189
Anzu, standard version 203
Anzu, Old Babylonian version 222
The Epic of Creation 228
Theogony of Dunnu 278
Erra and Ishum 282
Glossary of Deities, Places and Key Terms 317
Select Bibliography 332
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