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    Mystical and Mythological Explanatory Works of Assyrian and Babylonian Scholars (Hardback) By (author) Alasdair Livingstone

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    Short Description for Mystical and Mythological Explanatory Works of Assyrian and Babylonian Scholars Among surviving cuneiform writings from the ancient Mesopotamian civilization are certain works in which Babylonian and Assyrian scholars used their own intellectual tradition to explain parts of their own culture. This volume presents and elucidates a group of works of this type.
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  • The cuneiform writings of early Mesopotamia have generally been viewed by the modern world as both esoteric and obscure; to the scholars of ancient Assyria and Babylon, however, these works not only were comprehensible, but provided insight into puzzling aspects of their own cultures. In an illuminating essay, Livingstone focuses on a key group of these works that offer explanations of rituals through reference to myths, and to the mystical texts that supply their contexts. Supporting his work are texts in transliteration and translation, notes and discussion, along with cuneiform copies published here for the first time.