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

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


Edited by Stephanie Dalley, Translated by Stephanie Dalley

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 359 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 218mm x 28mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 28 December 1989
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198143974
  • ISBN 13: 9780198143970
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, map, chronological chart, glossary, bibliography

Product description

Between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates lies the rich alluvial land of Mesopotamia (now in modern Iraq), which supported a complex and prosperous urban society over 4000 years ago. The deities and heroes who figure in the stories translated here are all of ancient Mesopotamia, and many of the original clay tablets, on which the stories were found inscribed in cuneiform, were discovered there. This volume presents new translations of the main myths and epics written in Akkadian, including creation myths and the epic of Gilgamesh. Introductions are provided to each item, giving the source and date of the text and notes to guide the reader.

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Table of contents

Atrahasis; Gilgamesh - standard version and Old Babylonian version; descent of Ishtar to the Underworld; Nergal and Ereshkigal - standard version and Amarna version; Adapa; Etana; Anzu - standard version and Old Babylonian version; epic of creation; theogony of Dunnu; Erra and Ishum.