Myths from Mesopotamia

by: Stephanie Dalley (editor)

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Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others, edited and translated by Stephanie Dalley / ISBN 9780199538362 / 336-page paperback from Oxford World's Classics

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The ancient civilization of Mesopotamia thrived between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates over 4,000 years ago. The myths collected here, originally written in cuneiform on clay tablets, include parallels with the biblical stories of the Creation and the Flood, and the famous Epic of Gilgamesh, the tale of a man of great strength, whose heroic quest for immortality is dashed through one moment of weakness.

Recent developments in Akkadian grammar and lexicography mean that this new translation--complete with notes, a glossary of deities, place-names, and key terms, and illustrations of the mythical monsters featured in the text--will replace all other versions.