Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Illustrated Dictionary
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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Review: Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Illustrated DictionaryUser Review - Gavin White - Goodreads
Excellent introduction to Mesopotamian culture with articles on everything from gods and sages through to burial customs and magic. Packed with useful information and cross-references which allows the reader to explore any topic further. Very good illustrations and photos. Read full review
Review: Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Illustrated DictionaryUser Review - Sarduriur F. Sverresdatter - Goodreads
This is a well-researched, accessibly-written collaborative survey/reference text on Ancient Mesopotamian cultures and religions. It has proven to be a very handy secondary source in my personal library of ANE texts. My only gripe: the entries could have been longer. Read full review