Poems of Heaven and Hell from Ancient Mesopotamia

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Nancy K. Sandars
Penguin, 1971 - 184 pagine
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This book comprises five poems dating from the height of the Babylonian civilisation in the second millennium BC. They include The New Babylonian Creation, which was recited at the new year festival in honour of the god Marduk and his conquest of Tiamat, Inanna's Journey to Hell, in which the goddess of fertility descends into a gloomy wasteland of devils and darkness, and Adapa: the Man, a story of man's fall from grace, not through disobedience but through blind obedience.

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The creation myths of ancient Babylon, songs chanted at each New Year celebration to reaffirm the sovereignty of the god Marduk by reciting the story of how he came to rule. Other pieces, including the myth of Inanna's descent into the underworld are included. Leggi recensione completa

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