Poems Of Heaven And Hell From Ancient Mesopotamia

Paperback | June 6, 1989

byAnonymousTranslated byN. K. Sandars

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  One of the most ancient plays to survive to present day, The Babylonian Creation was composed in the 12th century BC and opens this fascinating anthology of ancient Mesopotamian poetry. Paralleling the flood in Genesis, this tribute to Marduk was used in ritual and constituted one of the keys to Mesopotamian understanding of the worl...

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For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.8 × 5.2 × 0.4 inPublished:June 6, 1989Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Poems of Heaven and Hell from Ancient MesopotamiaAcknowledgments
Plan of Babylon
Introduction to The Babylonian Creation
The Babylonian Creation
Note on The Sumerian Underworld
Introduction to Inanna's Journey to Hell
Inanna's Journey to Hell
Introduction to Adapa: the Man
Note on a Prayer to the Gods of Night
A Prayer to the Gods of Night
Glossary of Names

From Our Editors

  One of the most ancient plays to survive to present day, The Babylonian Creation was composed in the 12th century BC and opens this fascinating anthology of ancient Mesopotamian poetry. Paralleling the flood in Genesis, this tribute to Marduk was used in ritual and constituted one of the keys to Mesopotamian understanding of the world. Also included in Poems of Heaven and Hell From Ancient Mesopotamia are “Inanna’s Journey to Hell,” “The Sumerian Underworld” and “Adapa: The Man and A Prayer to the Gods of the Night.”