Poems of Heaven and Hell from Ancient Mesopotamia

Poems of Heaven and Hell from Ancient Mesopotamia

Paperback Penguin Classics

Translated by N. K. Sandars

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 12mm | 154g
  • Publication date: 6 June 1989
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140442499
  • ISBN 13: 9780140442496
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: map
  • Sales rank: 507,285

Product description

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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Table of contents

Poems of Heaven and Hell from Ancient MesopotamiaAcknowledgments Plan of Babylon Introduction to The Babylonian Creation The Babylonian Creation Note on The Sumerian Underworld Introduction to Inanna's Journey to Hell Inanna's Journey to Hell Introduction to Adapa: the Man Note on a Prayer to the Gods of Night A Prayer to the Gods of Night Glossary of Names