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Myths from Mesopotamia

Myths from Mesopotamia

Creation, The Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others

  • Author: Stephanie Dalley
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • ISBN: 0199538360
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 339
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The stories translated here all of ancient Mesopotamia, and include not only myths about the Creation and stories of the Flood, but also the longest and greatest literary composition, the Epic of Gilgamesh. This is the story of a heroic quest for fame and immortality, pursued by a man of great strength who loses a unique opportunity through a moment's weakness. So much has been discovered in recent years both by way of new tablets and points of grammar and lexicography that these new translations by Stephanie Dalley supersede all previous versions. -- from back cover.

Greek Myths and Mesopotamia

Greek Myths and Mesopotamia

Parallels and Influence in the Homeric Hymns and Hesiod

  • Author: Charles Penglase
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134729308
  • Category: History
  • Page: 292
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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.

Mesopotamian Myths

Mesopotamian Myths

A Captivating Guide to Myths from Mesopotamia and Sumerian Mythology

  • Author: Matt Clayton
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781952191176
  • Category: History
  • Page: 190
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This book includes two captivating manuscripts: Mesopotamian Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Near Eastern Myths Sumerian Mythology: Captivating Myths of Gods, Goddesses, and Legendary Creatures of Ancient Sumer and Their Importance to the Sumerians

An Introduction to Ancient Mesopotamian Religion

An Introduction to Ancient Mesopotamian Religion

  • Author: Tammi J. Schneider
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • ISBN: 0802829597
  • Category: History
  • Page: 146
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In her book, the author offers readers a compact guide to the religion of the peoples living in the region of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers from the beginning of the Bronze Age to the time of Alexander the Great and Darius III. Drawing on extant texts, artifacts, and architecture, Schneider uncovers both an intriguing pantheon of deities -- including Marduk, Ishtar, and many others -- and the complex, fluid, and highly ritualized religious experience of the people who spent their lives serving and appeasing them.

The Garden of Eden Myth

The Garden of Eden Myth

Its Pre-Biblical Origin in Mesopotamian Myths

  • Author: Walter Mattfeld
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 0557885302
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  • Page: 184
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Scholarly proposals are presented for the pre-biblical origin in Mesopotamian myths of the Garden of Eden story. Some Liberal PhD scholars (1854-2010) embracing an Anthropological viewpoint have proposed that the Hebrews have recast earlier motifs appearing in Mesopotamian myths. Eden's garden is understood to be a recast of the gods' city-gardens in the Sumerian Edin, the floodplain of Lower Mesopotamia. It is understood that the Hebrews in the book of Genesis are refuting the Mesopotamian account of why Man was created and his relationship with his Creators (the gods and goddesses). They deny that Man is a sinner and rebel because he was made in the image of gods and goddesses who were themselves sinners and rebels, who made man to be their agricultural slave to grow and harvest their food and feed it to them in temple sacrifices thereby ending the need of the gods to toil for their food in the city-gardens of Edin in ancient Sumer.

Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia

A Comprehensive Guide to Sumerian Mythology Including Myths, Art, Religion, and Culture

  • Author: Publishing Historical Figures
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781648642302
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 82
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Mesopotamia: A Comprehensive Guide to Sumerian Mythology Including Myths, Art, Religion, and Culture

Ancient Mesopotamian Religion and Mythology

Ancient Mesopotamian Religion and Mythology

Selected Essays

  • Author: W.G. Lambert
  • Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
  • ISBN: 9783161536748
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 295
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The late W.G. Lambert (1926-2011) was one of the foremost Assyriologists of the latter part of the twentieth century. His principle legacy is a large number of superb critical editions of Babylonian literary compositions. Many of the texts he edited were on religious and mythological subjects. He will always be remembered as the editor of the Babylonian Job (Ludlul bel nemeqi, also known as the Poem of the Righteous Sufferer), the Babylonian Flood Story (Atra-hasis) and the Babylonian Creation Epic (Enuma elish). The present book is a collection of twenty-three essays Lambert published between the years 1958 and 2004. These endure not only as the legacy of one of the greatest authorities on ancient Mesopotamian religion and mythology, but also because each makes statements of considerable validity and importance. As such, many are milestones in the fields of Mesopotamian religion and mythology.

Myth

Myth

Its Meaning and Functions in Ancient and Other Cultures

  • Author: G. S. Kirk
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520023895
  • Category: History
  • Page: 299
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This book, developed out of the 1969 Sather lectures at Berkeley, California, confronts a wide range of problems concerning the nature, meaning and functions of myths. Professor Kirk's aim is to introduce a degree of coherence and of critical awareness into a subject that arouses profound interest today, but which for too long has been the target of excessive theorizing and interdisciplinary confusion between anthropologists, sociologists, classicists, philosophers and psychologists. Professor Kirk begins by discussing the relation of myths to rituals and folktales, and the weakness of universalist theories of function. He then subjects Lévi-Strauss's structuralist theory to an extended exposition and criticism; he considers the character and meaning of ancient Near Eastern myths, their influence on Greece, and the special forms with rational modes of thought, and finally, he assesses the status of myths as expressions of the unconscious, as elements of dreams, universal symbols, as accidents along the way to some narrative objective. The result is a significant critical venture into the history and philosophy of thought, imagination, symbol and society.--From publisher description.

When Heroes Love

When Heroes Love

The Ambiguity of Eros in the Stories of Gilgamesh and David

  • Author: Susan Ackerman
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231507259
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 336
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Toward the end of the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh King Gilgamesh laments the untimely death of his comrade Enkidu, "my friend whom I loved dearly." Similarly in the Bible, David mourns his companion, Jonathan, whose "love to me was wonderful, greater than the love of women." These passages, along with other ambiguous erotic and sexual language found in the Gilgamesh epic and the biblical David story, have become the object of numerous and competing scholarly inquiries into the sexual nature of the heroes' relationships. Susan Ackerman's innovative work carefully examines the stories' sexual and homoerotic language and suggests that its ambiguity provides new ways of understanding ideas of gender and sexuality in the ancient Near East and its literature. In exploring the stories of Gilgamesh and Enkidu and David and Jonathan, Ackerman cautions against applying modern conceptions of homosexuality to these relationships. Drawing on historical and literary criticism, Ackerman's close readings analyze the stories of David and Gilgamesh in light of contemporary definitions of sexual relationships and gender roles. She argues that these male relationships cannot be taken as same-sex partnerships in the modern sense, but reflect the ancient understanding of gender roles, whether in same- or opposite-sex relationships, as defined as either active (male) or passive (female). Her interpretation also considers the heroes' erotic and sexual interactions with members of the opposite sex. Ackerman shows that the texts' language and erotic imagery suggest more than just an intense male bonding. She argues that, though ambiguous, the erotic imagery and language have a critical function in the texts and serve the political, religious, and aesthetic aims of the narrators. More precisely, the erotic language in the story of David seeks to feminize Jonathan and thus invalidate his claim to Israel's throne in favor of David. In the case of Gilgamesh and Enkidu, whose egalitarian relationship is paradoxically described using the hierarchically dependent language of sexual relationships, the ambiguous erotic language reinforces their status as liminal figures and heroes in the epic tradition.

Genesis, Isaiah, and Psalms

Genesis, Isaiah, and Psalms

A Festschrift to Honour Professor John Emerton for His Eightieth Birthday

  • Author: Katharine Julia Dell,Graham I. Davies,Yee Von Koh
  • Publisher: BRILL
  • ISBN: 9004182314
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 261
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Studies of Genesis, Isaiah and Psalms, key biblical texts that represent the interests of the honorand, Professor John Emerton. The comparison of biblical texts with the ancient Near East and archaeological finds; intertextual work, literary historical approaches, texts and versions and scholarly interpretations from the past are all represented.