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A Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology [Hardcover]

Dr Gwendolyn Leick

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14 Feb 1991 0415007623 978-0415007627
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.

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"Recommended for both college and university libraries, public libraries, theological libraries, and anyone interested in ancient history."-"Choice ." . . it is a straightforward attempt to summarize the mythology as written in the widely disseminated and often fragmentary texts that have been recovered."-"Booklist ..."numerous cross-references, and full explanations are provided. Highly recommended."-"Reference Book Review "The book is nicely designed and produced, ending in helpful glossary, bibliography, index and illustrations. Recommended for all libraries, personal or institutional."-"Religious Studies Review ..."a handy compendium of mythology...The author intended to make the subject of Near Eastern myth accessible to students of religion, history, anthropolgy and literature, and in this she succeeds...."-"Academic Library Book Review

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Gwendolyn Leick is Lecturer at the University of Wales, College of Cardiff.

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