An Anthology of Ancient Mesopotamian Texts

When the Gods Were Human

Sabine Franke

* tales, myths and epics from Mesopotamia,

* very early stories of mankind

* timeless human experiences written down

* readable translations from Akkadian and Sumerian with comments and explanations

* a story of the flood from the 16th century
Date Published :
March 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473834347

Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 96
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Sabina Franke has gathered the best stories of ancient Near Eastern literature surrounding the Mesopotamian gods, men and kings. This book takes the reader on a journey back to the birth of literature in Mesopotamia, which seems to us so far and yet so near.

Fairy tales, myths and epics of ancient Near Eastern literature are still able to charm readers today and allow us to delve into the fascinating life of the ancient Near East. This book includes fables such as the tooth worm which causes tooth pain as well as the great myth of Innanas which describes the transition of the goddess Ishtar into the underworld. There are also daily life stories such as that of a student and the Sumerian incantations against a crying baby.

About The Author

Dr Sabina Franke has studied Ancient and Modern Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature, gaining her master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD at the University of Hamburg. Sabina has taught at the University of Hamburg, the University of Salzburg and since 2010, at the Helmut-Schmidt-University in Hamburg where she offers mainly courses for the general public and non-academics. As a student she participated in several excavations in Syria and has since also has been working with history tour groups in Eastern Turkey.

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