Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh and Others

Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh and Others

Paperback Oxford World's Classics

Translated by Stephanie Dalley

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  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 337 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 193mm x 30mm | 907g
  • Publication date: 17 September 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192835890
  • ISBN 13: 9780192835895
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 1 frontispiece, 1 map,
  • Sales rank: 590,086

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The ancient civilization of Mesopotamia thrived between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates over 4,000 years ago. The myths collected here, originally written in cuneiform on clay tablets, include parallels with the biblical stories of the Creation and the Flood, and the famous Epic of Gilgamesh, the tale of a man of great strength, whose heroic quest for immortality is dashed through one moment of weakness. Recent developments in Akkadian grammar and lexicography mean that this new translation, complete with notes, a glossary of deities, place-names, and key terms, and illustrations of the mythical monsters featured in the text, will replace all other versions.

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Table of contents

Atrahasis; The Epic of Gilgamesh; The Descent of Ishtar to the Underworld; Nergal and Ereshkigal; Adapa; Etana; Anzu; The Epic of Creation; Theology of Dunnu; Erra and Ishum