A Mesopotamian Miscellany [Hardback]

Karen Polinger Foster (Author); Benjamin R. Foster (Author)

ISBN: 9781463240523 | Published by: Gorgias Press | Series: Gorgias Studies in the Ancient Near East | Volume: 15 | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 174p, H229 x W152 (mm)

A Mesopotamian Miscellany


Drawn from Akkadian and Sumerian tablets in the Yale Babylonian Collection, many of them previously unpublished, this collection of readings brings to life the vibrancy of ancient Mesopotamian literature, beyond its better-known myths and epics. The book’s unique thematic structure presents a wide range of timeless subjects, while the individual selections open new perspectives, thanks to their vivid details. The texts include letters, poems, prayers, humorous sketches, dialogues, and proverbs. Each theme is introduced, followed by brief commentaries on the dozen or more illustrative texts. Suggestions for further reading are also provided, as well as a map, chronological outline, and general introduction.

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