|Author||Donald A. Mackenzie|
|Publication Date||November 7, 2007|
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"This volume of the Myths and Legends series covers the still nascent subject of ancient Near Eastern mythology. Because the primary documents had only been deciphered a few decades prior to the writing of this book, Mackenzie necessarily has to round out the exposition with a detailed history of the region, Biblical accounts, and speculative cross-cultural comparisons, particularly to Hindu and Northern European mythology and folklore.
The picture emerges of the birth of the world culture in the region which is today known as Iraq. Besides writing, codes of law, irrigation, mathematics, astronomy, urban life and many other innovations, the fertile crescent developed a brutal form of despotism. The history is a constant churn of wars, invasions, massacres, genocide and regicide.
This work remains a decent introduction and reference work for the religion, culture, history and general background of the ancient Near East, and well worth studying by anyone interested in the topic." (Quote from sacred-texts.com)
Table of Contents:
Publisher’s Preface; Preface; Introduction; The Races And Early Civilization Of Babylonia; The Land Of Rivers And The God Of The Deep; Rival Pantheons And Representative Deities; Demons, Fairies, And Ghosts; Myths Of Tammuz And Ishtar; Wars Of The City States Of Sumer And Akkad; Creation Legend: Merodach The Dragon Slayer; Deified Heroes: Etana And Gilgamesh; Deluge Legend, The Island Of The Blessed, And Hades; Buildings And Laws And Customs Of Babylon; The Golden Age Of Babylonia; Rise Of The Hittites, Mitannians, Kassites, Hyksos, And Assyrians; Astrology And Astronomy; Ashur The National God Of Assyria; Conflicts For Trade And Supremacy; Race Movements That Shattered Empires; The Hebrews In Assyrian History; The Age Of Semiramis; Assyria's Age Of Splendour; The Last Days Of Assyria And Babylonia; Endnotes
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