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

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Ancient Mesopotamia was a rich, varied and highly complex culture whose achievements included the invention of writing and the development of sophisticated urban society. This book offers an introductory guide to the beliefs and customs of the ancient Mesopotamians, as revealed in their art and their writings between about 3000 B.C. and the advent of the Christian era. God ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by University of Texas Press (first published 1992)
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Steve Cran
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
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A great introduction to this whole subject, which, considering how arcane it is, is surprisingly readable and accessible.
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
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Apr 02, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Really great basic dictionary-style reference bokok.
Joshua Mark
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book on Mesopotamian myth. Very interesting reading. Highly recommended.
Gavin White
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
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Great introductory resource.
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A necessary reference for the well-stocked library.
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Professor Jeremy Black MBE (born 30 October 1955) is a British 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 ...more
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