The Treasures Of Darkness

Author : Thorkild Jacobsen
ISBN : 0300022913
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 42.90 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 577
Read : 640

" ... No one can plausibly deny that the religious development of the peoples of Canaan (and indeed of all the ancient world around the eastern Mediterranean to the Indus river) were affected by the cultural and religious developments in Mesopotamia, the centre of the region, and a fertile region second to none known in the world, on a par with the Nile, around which another major civilization arose. This is a text of history of Mesopotamia in its own right. By the time history gets back this far, the lines become very blurred, rather like parallel lines intersecting on the horizon. Literature, religion, archaeology, sociology, psychology -- all of these disciplines become intertwined in Jacobsen's text as he looks at Sumerian society. The book is organized with an introduction, then according to time divisions of fourth, third, and second millennia, then concludes with an epilogue into the first millennium, during which the Bible as we know it (and most ancient history such as is commonly known occurred) came to be"--Amazon.com.
Category: Social Science

Toward The Image Of Tammuz And Other Essays On Mesopotamian History And Culture

Author : Thorkild Jacobsen
ISBN : 9781556359521
Genre : Religion
File Size : 34.74 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 392
Read : 575

In this volume, William L. Moran has collected seventeen of Jacobsen's widely scattered essays. Dealing with religion, history, culture, government, economics, and grammar, these pieces are representative of all aspects of Jacobsen's work, but stress his studies in history and religion, the fields in which he made his most important contributions to our knowledge of Mesopotamian culture and the origins of Western civilization. Moran has also included a bibliography of and a lexical index to Jacobsen's writings.
Category: Religion

The Ancient Mesopotamian City

Author : Marc Van De Mieroop
ISBN : 0191588458
Genre :
File Size : 37.73 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 449
Read : 1203

Urban history starts in ancient Mesopotamia. In this volume Marc Van De Mieroop examines the evolution of the very earliest cities which, for millennia, inspired the rest of the ancient world. The city determined every aspect of Mesopotamian civilization, and the political and social structure, economy, literature, and arts of Mesopotamian culture cannot be understood without acknowledging their urban background. - ;Urban history starts in ancient Mesopotamia: the earliest known cities developed there as the result of long indigenous processes, and, for millennia, the city determined every aspect of Mesopotamian civilization. Marc Van De Mieroop examines urban life in the historical period, investigating urban topography, the role of cities as centres of culture, their political and social structures, economy, literature, and the arts. He draws on material from the entirety of Mesopotamian history, from c. 3000 to 300 BC, and from both Babylonia and Assyria, arguing that the Mesopotamian city can be regarded as a prototype that inspired the rest of the ancient world and shared characteristics with the European cities of antiquity. -
Category:

Gods Demons And Symbols Of Ancient Mesopotamia

Author : Jeremy A. Black
ISBN : UOM:39015052942128
Genre : Fiction
File Size : 21.50 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 360
Read : 321

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."
Category: Fiction

Religion In Ancient Mesopotamia

Author : Jean Bottéro
ISBN : 0226067181
Genre : History
File Size : 20.12 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 250
Read : 344

One of the world's foremost experts on Assyriology, Jean Bottéro has studied the religion of ancient Mesopotamia for more than fifty years. Building on these many years of research, Bottéro here presents the definitive account of one of the world's oldest known religions. He shows how ancient Mesopotamian religion was practiced both in the public and private spheres, how it developed over the three millennia of its active existence, and how it profoundly influenced Western civilization, including the Hebrew Bible.
Category: History

A Dictionary Of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology

Author : Dr Gwendolyn Leick
ISBN : 9781134641031
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 26.70 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 728
Read : 821

The Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology covers sources from Mesopotamia, Syro-Palestine and Anatolia, from around 2800 to 300 BC. It contains entries on gods and goddesses, giving evidence of their worship in temples, describing their 'character', as documented by the texts, and defining their roles within the body of mythological narratives; synoptic entries on myths, giving the place of origin of main texts and a brief history of their transmission through the ages; and entries explaining the use of specialist terminology, for such things as categories of Sumerian texts or types of mythological figures.
Category: Social Science

Religions Of The Ancient World

Author : Sarah Iles Johnston
ISBN : 0674015177
Genre : History
File Size : 53.6 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 663
Read : 492

Presents the beliefs, cults, gods, and ritual practices that developed in Mediterranean region countries such as Egypt, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, Iran, Greece, and Rome from the the third millenium B.C. up to the fourth century A.D.
Category: History

An Introduction To Ancient Mesopotamian Religion

Author : Tammi J. Schneider
ISBN : 9780802829597
Genre : History
File Size : 40.13 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 704
Read : 305

In her book, the author offers readers a compact guide to the religion of the peoples living in the region of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers from the beginning of the Bronze Age to the time of Alexander the Great and Darius III. Drawing on extant texts, artifacts, and architecture, Schneider uncovers both an intriguing pantheon of deities -- including Marduk, Ishtar, and many others -- and the complex, fluid, and highly ritualized religious experience of the people who spent their lives serving and appeasing them.
Category: History

The Sumerian King List

Author : Thorkild Jacobsen
ISBN : OCLC:786058092
Genre : Babylonia
File Size : 50.81 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 596
Read : 410

Category: Babylonia

Mesopotamian Magic

Author : I. Tzvi Abusch
ISBN : 9056930338
Genre : History
File Size : 52.58 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 276
Read : 1303

This volume, edited by Tzvi Zbusch and Karel van der Toorn, contains the papers delivered at the first international conference on Mesopotamian magic held under the auspices of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS) in June 1995. It is the first collective volume dedicated to the study of this topic. It aims at serving as a bench-mark and provides analytic and innovative but also sythetic and programmatic essays. Magical texts, forms, and traditions from the Mesopotamian cultural worlds of the third millennium BCE through the first millennium CE, in the Sumerian, Akkadian and Aramaic languages as well as in art, are examined.
Category: History