Sabina Franke has gathered the best stories of ancient Near Eastern literature surrounding the Mesopotamian gods, men and kings. This book takes the reader on a journey back to the birth of literature in Mesopotamia, which seems to us so far and yet so near.
Fairy tales, myths and epics of ancient Near Eastern literature are still able to charm readers today and allow us to delve into the fascinating life of the ancient Near East. This book includes fables such as the tooth worm which causes tooth pain as well as the great myth of Innanas which describes the transition of the goddess Ishtar into the underworld. There are also daily life stories such as that of a student and the Sumerian incantations against a crying baby.
|Publisher:||Pen & Sword Books Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Dr Sabina Franke has studied Ancient and Modern Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature, gaining her master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD at the University of Hamburg. Sabina has taught at the University of Hamburg, the University of Salzburg and since 2010, at the Helmut-Schmidt-University in Hamburg where she offers mainly courses for the general public and non-academics. As a student she participated in several excavations in Syria and has since also has been working with history tour groups in Eastern Turkey.
Table of Contents
When the Gods were Human: The Ancient Near Eastern Tale of the Deluge 8
The Tooth Worm 34
Letter of Request to a God 35
The Master and his Servant 37
The Revenge of the Poor Man of Nippur 40
The Talc of Etana 45
Invitation to the Dead for a Feast: Ishtar's Descent to the World of the Dead and Dumuzi's Return to the World of the Living 52
The Ishtar Hymn of Ammiditana 61
Enheduana Sings Against the Imminent Destruction. A Sumerian Song for a Dangerous Ritual by the Earliest Female Author of World Literature 65
King Utuhengal Expels the Gutians 76
Gilgamesh and Akka 79
Birth and Rise of King Sargon 82
A Dialogue About the Indifference of the Gods: the Babylonian Theodicy 83
From the Life of a Student 96