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Description: A vast legacy of powerful creative writing was revealed when nineteenth-century scholars managed to decipher the mysterious wedge-shaped symbols of cuneiform script, inscribed on clay tablets over 5,000 years ago by the ancient Mesopotamians. Strikingly familiar themes emerged, forcing the Victorian world to review its belief in the Bible as the sole source of literal truth. Imagine the impact of the Epic of Gilgameshthe saga of a man in search of the secret of eternal lifewhich includes scenes of a flood predating the story of Noah and the Ark. In contrast, an alternative version of human origins is described in the Mesopotamian Epic of Creation, while the tale of Etana foreshadows the Greek myth of Ganymede. These and other stories are here retold, based on the latest translations, and illustrated with the works of both contemporary and later artists inspired by the rediscovery of these ancient characters and themes. Not only are the myths a foundation of our Western literary tradition, they are also compelling stories in their own right.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1990
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.25" tall
|Discovery and decipherment|
|Definitions and literary tradition|
|Gods and mortals, authors and audience|
|Gilgamesh and the FloodThe Epic of Creation|
|Myth and meaning|
|Suggestions for further reading|
|Index and picture credits|
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