• Mesopotamian Mythology

  • A Captivating Guide to Ancient Near Eastern Myths
  • By: Matt Clayton
  • Narrated by: Mike Reaves
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If you're looking for a captivating collection of Mesopotamian myths, then keep reading....

The civilizations that grew up in the Tigris and Euphrates River Valleys many thousands of years ago have left important legacies: agriculture, mathematics, astronomy, the wheel, and writing.

This present volume of Mesopotamian myths is divided into three sections. The first of these contains creation myths, the most extended of which is the Enuma Elish, or Babylonian creation story. In this myth, the god Marduk does battle with the dragon Tiamat, and from her body and that of her second-in-command, he creates the world. The story of Atrahasis involves not original creation but re-creation, since this is the myth of the Great Flood that the gods send to wash everything away. Etana’s tale is less cosmic in nature than the preceding two stories: the act of creation involved is Etana’s attempt to have a child and thus an heir to his throne.

The deeds and foibles of the Mesopotamian gods are on display in the second section, in stories that inform us about the characters of these divinities and which contain themes that tell us something about Mesopotamian concepts of cosmic order. In the first story, the goddess Ishtar decides to visit the Underworld where the goddess Ereshkigal holds sway. When Ereshkigal worries that Ishtar plans to supplant her, she sets a trap that holds Ishtar prisoner until she is rescued. Ereshkigal’s deed has cosmic implications: since Ishtar is a fertility goddess, her imprisonment means that procreation on Earth is suspended.

Mesopotamian Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Near Eastern Myths, you'll find the following Sumerian myths and topics covered:

  • Creation myths
  • Tales of gods and goddesses
  • Selections from the Epic of Gilgamesh
  • And much more!

So if you want a captivating collection of Mesopotamian myths, listen to this audiobook!

©2019 Matt Clayton (P)2020 Matt Clayton
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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Worth it.

It was very satisfying to see the connections between religious paths and how they have or may have, combined these stories into their own and to extrapolate how these stories have come down into many other cultures not considered but be able to see the themes as they may have changed even up to the present day.

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Everything was fine.

This Author grasps the Mesopotamian nail and hits it on the head...every time, outdoors fail. He has a vivid writing style and equals each new subject without so much as a hint of Ethnocentrism.

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excellent

It is entertaining and educational. If you are new to Sumerian LOVER this is audible for you.

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Clarifies certain aspects of society.

Nice to be able to understand the source material concerning Mesopotamia and the Annunaki. Very entertaining audible.

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All good, very fast delivery, thank you!

A key to perception ancient cult and its development. It is a classical audible about ancient Sumerian civilization. Really wonderful !!!!

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A lot of interesting information.

The sources of knowledge and our human practice changing to the need to believe. Very useful resource.

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pretty good too

Excellent, easy-to-understand, chock full of illustrations overview on Mesopotamia. First-rate historical. The included audible is pretty good also.

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Everything that touches our lives will change.

This audible is great! It was identified as "practiced" online, but I can't find any indication of it being done. The projections look great, and there is no writing in it at all!

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Just as described!

It is excellent to have the learned works of some of the ancient world's greatest writers, and scholars to have with us here today.

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An Educated Audible

The story itself is built from other causes and is part of the demythologized works of creation, the flood, and the actions of the main players most of whom were extraterrestrials of the Annunaki variety. It was a somewhat challenging task to wade through the AUDIBLE but on the whole, was worth the struggle.

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  • 04-21-20

Excellent information!

Excellent information! It's not as dry as I thought it would be and I enjoyed it. Very well researched and thorough. I'd recommend this book to anyone that would like to read about Mesopotamian Myths and Legends, and it would be a great reference if you're writing a paper, as sources are well documented.

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