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Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Illustrated Dictionary

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The authors know their material inside out... The choice of illustrations, both half-tone and line-drawings, and the careful, cross-referencing of entries make this book a compelling compendium of ideas and images. -- Trevor Watkins, History Today Ancient Mesopotamia was a rich, varied and highly complex culture whose achievements included the invention of writing and the ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by University of Texas Press
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A great introduction to this whole subject, which, considering how arcane it is, is surprisingly readable and accessible.
Serves as a good encyclopedia of Mesopotamian gods/demons, etc. Some descriptions could definitely use some adding to, as it seemed many were shortened, leaving out a lot of information. But generally speaking, if I need to find a god/demon from ancient Mesopotamia, I can at least get a good start with this book.
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A good quick-reference guide, though it doesn't go into much depth or detail; also, entries are frequently organized according to what the editor thinks is most interesting, not according to their more common names or useages.
A useful and copiously illustrated dictionary that is handy if you get lost in the byeways of Mesopotamian mythology, groping amongst the Ishtars, Anus, Enlils, Inannas, Marduks and countless others.
Joshua Mark
Fantastic book on Mesopotamian myth. Very interesting reading. Highly recommended.
Really great basic dictionary-style reference bokok.
Luna Salazar
Great introductory resource.
Sarduriur F. Sverresdatter
This is a well-researched, accessibly-written collaborative survey/reference text on Ancient Mesopotamian cultures and religions. It has proven to be a very handy secondary source in my personal library of ANE texts.

My only gripe: the entries could have been longer.
Gavin White
Excellent introduction to Mesopotamian culture with articles on everything from gods and sages through to burial customs and magic. Packed with useful information and cross-references which allows the reader to explore any topic further. Very good illustrations and photos.
A necessary reference for the well-stocked library.
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