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Mesopotamian Myths and Epics


Religion of Babylonia and Assyria


Originally the fifth in a series of five lectures delivered at Harvard University, this extract is an early attempt to tackle a formidable subject: the religion of ancient Iraq, or Mesopotamia. In this last essay of the set, Rogers focus on the mythic tradition of Mesopotamia, discussing the myths of Adapa, Ishtar’s descent to the netherworld, and the Gilgamesh epic, especially concentrating on the deluge account. Engaging and informative, Rogers’ narrative is accessible to the specialist and general reader alike.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-110-2
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 144
Publication Date: Feb 17,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 56
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-110-2
$43.00

Originally the fifth in a series of five lectures delivered at Harvard University, this extract is an early attempt to tackle a formidable subject: the religion of ancient Iraq, or Mesopotamia. In this final essay of the series Rogers considers the myths and epics of the Mesopotamians, highlighting the myths of Adapa, Ishtar’s descent to the netherworld, and the Gilgamesh epic, especially concentrating on the deluge account. A useful brief introduction to the major stories of Mesopotamia, his account may still be read today to mine for Rogers’ early insights. Engaging and informative, his narrative is accessible to the specialist and general reader alike. All subsequent explorations of this subject owe a debt of gratitude to his pioneering study.

Robert William Rogers (1864-1930) earned his Ph.D. at Leipzig University. His teaching career included appointments at Drew Theological Seminary in New Jersey, and Princeton University, where he taught Ancient Oriental Literature. His best know publication is his two-volume A History of Babylonia and Assyria.

Originally the fifth in a series of five lectures delivered at Harvard University, this extract is an early attempt to tackle a formidable subject: the religion of ancient Iraq, or Mesopotamia. In this final essay of the series Rogers considers the myths and epics of the Mesopotamians, highlighting the myths of Adapa, Ishtar’s descent to the netherworld, and the Gilgamesh epic, especially concentrating on the deluge account. A useful brief introduction to the major stories of Mesopotamia, his account may still be read today to mine for Rogers’ early insights. Engaging and informative, his narrative is accessible to the specialist and general reader alike. All subsequent explorations of this subject owe a debt of gratitude to his pioneering study.

Robert William Rogers (1864-1930) earned his Ph.D. at Leipzig University. His teaching career included appointments at Drew Theological Seminary in New Jersey, and Princeton University, where he taught Ancient Oriental Literature. His best know publication is his two-volume A History of Babylonia and Assyria.

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