Poems of Heaven and Hell from Ancient Mesopotamia

Poems of Heaven and Hell from Ancient Mesopotamia

Translated by N. K. Sandars


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This book comprises five poems dating from the height of the Babylonian civilisation in the second millennium BC. They include "The New Babylonian Creation", which was recited at the new year festival in honour of the god Marduk and his conquest of Tiamat, "Inanna's Journey to Hell", in which the goddess of fertility descends into a gloomy wasteland of devils and darkness, and "Adapa: the Man", a story of man's fall from grace, not through disobedience but through blind obedience. N.K. Sanders also translated "The Epic of Gilgamesh".

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129.5 x 197.9 x 12.2mm | 154.27g
  • 06 Jun 1989
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • Reprint
  • map
  • 0140442499
  • 9780140442496
  • 586,455

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