Religion in Ancient Mesopotamia

Religion in Ancient Mesopotamia


By (author) Jean Bottero

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Paperback | 246 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 226mm x 16mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 21 September 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226067181
  • ISBN 13: 9780226067186
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: map
  • Sales rank: 233,012

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A well written guide to Mesopotamian religion by one of the world's foremost Assyriologists. Bottero studies the public and private relationships between the people and the divine, their cosmology, hymns and prayers, rituals, myths and magic. He discusses important sites, monuments, objects, images and especially documentary evidence, in assessing how the ancient Mesopotamians provided justification for the good and bad things that befell them. First published as La religion babylonienne in 1952, this edition is revised, corrected and extensively re-written.

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Jean Bottero is the emeritus director of l'Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, quatrieme section, Paris. He is the author of "The Oldest Cuisine in the World: Cooking in Mesopotamia; Mesopotamia: Writing, Reasoning, and the Gods," and coauthor of "Ancestor of the West: Writing, Reasoning, and Religion in the Ancient Near East," all published by the University of Chicago Press. Teresa Lavender Fagan has translated more than a dozen books for the University of Chicago Press."

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One of the world's foremost experts on Assyriology, Jean Bottero has studied the religion of ancient Mesopotamia for more than fifty years. Building on these many years of research, Bottero here presents the definitive account of one of the world's oldest known religions. He shows how ancient Mesopotamian religion was practiced both in the public and private spheres, how it developed over the three millennia of its active existence, and how it profoundly influenced Western civilization, including the Hebrew Bible."