Comprehensive collection of ancient Akkadian literature spanning three millennia. This larger, completely new, 3rd edition contains many compositions not in. Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. Before the Muses has 36 ratings and 6 reviews. Moses said: This is a great anthology of Akkadian literature. It may be one of the best English translatio.

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It also contains specific eras such as the Archaic Period B. Among the selections are such major texts as Atrahasisthe Epic of Creation the Enuma ElishThe Descent of Ishtarand Erra and Ishtum — basically everything that one would expect, and all the works that are most often quoted or referred to in books about ancient Mesopotamia.

This na I followed up with this anthology of Akkadian literature, translated from Kiterature Akkadian, Babylonian, and Assyrian.

Before the Muses

Most of the introductions to individual texts remain unrevised as well. It seems to be a fairly representative view of all the major genres of literature that have survived. Remember me on this computer.

Amirardalan Emami rated it it was amazing Aug 20, Help Center Find new research papers in: The third edition of this work, under review here, is an expansion and revision of the second edition, which has been out of print for some time. Log In Sign Up. However, the introductions at the head of each chapter, one for each of the four chronological periods, evidence substantial revision that incorporates new scholarship, provides refined discussions and explanations, and gives a better sense of continuity between the chapters than previous editions.


It contains the lost poetry and prose of ancient Assyria and Babylonia. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Nikolaus rated it really liked it May 28, This is most apparent in the Archaic and Classical chapters, which contain the majority of new texts, but every chapter shows some signs of such organizational renovation.

Before the Muses: An Anthology of Akkadian Literature

Archaic, classical, mature Benjamin Read Foster Snippet view – CDL Press has done Assyriology and related disciplines a great service in making this important anthology available again. Sarah rated it it was amazing Mar 21, There are befor discussion topics on this book yet. Nov 03, Peter rated it really liked it.

I like reading invocations of Ishtar out loud and they are spell binding. Kyle Essary rated it really liked it Ebfore 08, Akkad is mostly seen as Year 0 liteature its relationship with Sumer is a bit obscured.

Jakob Kaasgaard Hellum rated it really liked it Jul 17, Ron rated it really liked it Dec 04, Paperbackpages. Beatrice rated it it was amazing Apr 12, Don’t look for anything early in here I know it says Akkadian myth already, but sometimes titles are deceiving This book has so much stuff in it.

Johannes rated it it was amazing Feb 16, On the latter point, for example, in the final paragraph of the anthoolgy to chapter 2, the Classical period, Foster offers a brief discussion about how the language and style of texts from this period influenced later scribal curriculum and subsequent literary production An Anthology of Akkadian Literature loterature already a standard among collections of translated texts from ancient Mesopotamia.


Andreas Johandi rated it it was amazing Nov 30, Most of the selections are complete, although there are a few excerpts from longer works. All are newly translated, and this supersedes the much litefature anthologies I have read e. Hansen rated it liked it May 08, Another book I would recommend if you like this one is S.

Before the muses : an anthology of Akkadian literature / Benjamin R. Foster – Details – Trove

The assignment of particular selections to periods is often uncertain. An Anthology of Akkadian Literature, 3rd edition. Although Foster informs the reader in the preface that he has included many new texts in the third edition xixa list of the additions would have been useful for users making the transition from the second edition.

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Foster has restructured his chapters, utilizing different organizational headings and sometimes reordering texts accordingly. There are over works in this volume, including some of the world’s oldest literature. mkses

Some of the texts, on their face, evoke striking parallels to Biblical texts, and it would be interesting to read more about what scholars have made of these seeming parallels – where is there evidence of direct influence versus simply shared motifs?

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