Mesopotamia

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Since the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Assyrians and others all shared essentially the same pantheon and belief systems, these books are all combined under the Mesopotamian category.

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Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia - Jeremy Black & Anthony Green

Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia – Jeremy Black & Anthony Green

Ancient Mesopotamia was a rich, varied and highly complex culture whose achievements included the invention of writing and the development of sophisticated urban society. This book offers an introductory guide to the beliefs and customs of the ancient Mesopotamians, as revealed in their art and their writings between about 3000 B.C. and the advent of the Christian era. Gods, goddesses, demons, monsters, magic, myths, religious symbolism, ritual, and the spiritual world are all discussed in ...
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Hammurabi of Babylon - Dominique Charpin

Hammurabi of Babylon – Dominique Charpin

Hammurabi was the sixth king of ancient Babylon and also its greatest. Expanding the role and influence of the Babylonian city-state into an imperium that crushed its rivals and dominated the entire fertile plain of Mesopotamia, Hammurabi (who ruled c. 1792-1750 BCE) transformed a minor kingdom into the regional superpower of its age. But this energetic monarch, whose geopolitical and military strategies were unsurpassed in his time, was more than just a war-leader or empire-builder ...
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Sumerian Mythology A Study of Spiritual and Literary Achievement in the Third Millennium B.C - Samuel Noah Kramer

Sumerian Mythology A Study of Spiritual and Literary Achievement in the Third Millennium B.C – Samuel Noah Kramer

The Sumerians were a non-Semitic, non-Indo-European people who flourished in southern Babylonia from the beginning of the fourth to the end of the third millennium B.C. During this long stretch of time the Sumerians, whose racial and linguistic affiliations are still unclassifiable, represented the dominant cultural group of the entire Near East. This cultural dominance manifested itself in three directions: 1. It was the Sumerians who developed and probably invented the cuneiform system of writing ...
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The Literature of Ancient Sumer - Jeremy Black, Graham Cunningham, Eleanor Robson

The Literature of Ancient Sumer – Jeremy Black, Graham Cunningham, Eleanor Robson

This anthology of Sumerian literature constitutes the most comprehensive collection ever published, and includes examples of most of the different types of composition written in the language, from narrative myths and lyrical hymns to proverbs and love poetry. The translations have benefited both from the work of many scholars and from our ever-increasing understanding of Sumerian. In addition to reflecting the advances made by modern scholarship, the translations are written in clear, accessible English. An ...
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The Sumerians: Their History, Culture, and Character -Samuel Noah Kramer

The Sumerians: Their History, Culture, and Character -Samuel Noah Kramer

The Sumerians, the pragmatic and gifted people who preceded the Semites in the land first known as Sumer and later as Babylonia, created what was probably the first high civilization in the history of man, spanning the fifth to the second millenniums B.C. This book is an unparalleled compendium of what is known about them. Professor Kramer communicates his enthusiasm for his subject as he outlines the history of the Sumerian civilization and describes their ...
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