Sumerian Mythology: A Study of Spiritual and Literary Achievement in the Third Millennium B.C.

Sumerian Mythology: A Study of Spiritual and Literary Achievement in the Third Millennium B.C.

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by Samuel Noah Kramer
     
 

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Benjamin Noah Kramer was born in Russia in 1897, but following a series of anti-semitic pogroms, he and his family emigrated to the USA in 1905. Passionately interested in Near Eastern Studies, at the age of 30 he began his life's work: the decipherment of the cuneiform texts of one of the world's earliest civilisations - Sumer.
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Benjamin Noah Kramer was born in Russia in 1897, but following a series of anti-semitic pogroms, he and his family emigrated to the USA in 1905. Passionately interested in Near Eastern Studies, at the age of 30 he began his life's work: the decipherment of the cuneiform texts of one of the world's earliest civilisations - Sumer.
'Sumerian Mythology' gives a well-rounded introduction to this ancient people. As well as translations of Sumerian Lore, we hear of their culture, the pantheon of Gods they worshipped, the problems and dangers that led to the discovery of their literature, and the painstaking decipherment of their writing. The book is filled with illustrations, including an easily understood chart describing the Sumerian writing system.
'Sumerian Mythology' is a must-read for all those interested in early civilisations, a book which (as the author later said) "helped... to make people aware of the crucial role the Sumerians played in the ascent of civilized man"

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"A real addition to the body of world mythology."—American Anthropologist

"No people has contributed more to the culture of mankind than the Sumerians, and yet it has been only in recent years that our knowledge of them has become at all accurate or extensive. [This book is] our first authoritative sketch of the great myths of the Sumerians, their myths of origins, of creation, the nether world, and the deluge. The book . . . makes entrancing reading and for the general reader it opens up a whole new vista undreamed of before."—Theophile J. Meek

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ISBN-13:
9781909735156
Publisher:
Aziloth Books
Publication date:
08/12/2013
Pages:
126
Sales rank:
431,526
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)

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