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Gods, Demons, And Symbols Of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Illustrated Dictionary

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Ancient Mesopotamia was a highly complex culture whose achievements included the invention of writing. This illustrated text offers a reference guide to Mesopotamian religion, mythology and magic between about 3000 BC and the advent of the Christian era. Gods, goddesses, demons, monsters, magic, myths, religious symbolism, rituals and the spiritual world are all discussed ...more
Hardcover, 1st edition, 192 pages
Published April 27th 1992 by British Museum Press (first published 1992)
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Sara
Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia is an exceptional resource to anyone interested in the religion and culture of ancient Mesopotamia. It is a thoroughly cross-referenced dictionary full of entries on everything from individual gods and goddesses like "Enki" or "Ishtar", to broad topics like "afterlife" or "divination". A brief but informative introduction lays out the broad periods of Mesopotamian culture, what is even meant by the geographical and cultural term "Mesopotamia", and ...more
Steve Cran
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Several thousands of years ago the first civilization, Sumeria , was born in Mesopotamia ( the land between two rivers. They had system of gods and theology. They developed cities with irrigation and organized political leadership. Their culture was the basis for the later Babylonians, Assyrians and Chaldeans would later rule Mesopotamia after the Sumerians. Mesopotamian culture would have a profound impact of the neighboring cultures who would borrow extensively from Sumeria. Most obvious would ...more
Matthew
Jul 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: research
A great introduction to this whole subject, which, considering how arcane it is, is surprisingly readable and accessible.
Lindsey
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
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.
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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.
David
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Brenna
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really great basic dictionary-style reference bokok.
Joshua Mark
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book on Mesopotamian myth. Very interesting reading. Highly recommended.
FoyaBeninax
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a little different than I think. It presents as a form of dictionary rather than narrative. It is very informative but I would like to suggest to use it as a reference book when you have a basic understanding of this topic. It is not the best choice for a total new starter.
Apocryphal
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ancient-history
This book is published by the British Museum Press. Black and Green are two of the more prolific Sumerian scholars, and the people behind the book: The Literature of Ancient Sumer, and the Electronic Text Corpus of the Sumerian Language which is an amazing online resource.

If you want to create a Babylonian Bestiary or a Theogony, this book is a good starting point. Like so many of these books, it's not totally comprehensive, so this isn't your finishing point. It has most everything you'd
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Gavin White
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Luna Salazar
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great introductory resource.
Charles
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A necessary reference for the well-stocked library.
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Professor Jeremy Black MBE is an English historian and a Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is the author of over 100 books, principally but not exclusively on 18th-century British politics and international relations, and has been described as "the most prolific ...more