"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 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. Gods,
goddesses, demons, monsters, magic, myths, religious symbolism,
ritual, and the spiritual world are all discussed in alphabetical
entries ranging from short accounts to extended essays. Names are
given in both their Sumerian and Akkadian forms, and all entries
are fully cross-referenced. A useful introduction provides
historical and geographical background and describes the sources of
our knowledge about the religion, mythology and magic of "the
cradle of civilisation."
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