- Capa comum: 192 páginas
- Editora: University of Texas Press (1 de janeiro de 1992)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0292707940
- ISBN-13: 978-0292707948
- Dimensões do produto: 17,1 x 1,3 x 24,1 cm
- Peso de envio: 408 g
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Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Illustrated Dictionary (Inglês) Capa Comum – 11 jul 2016
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This book is very resourceful. It even talks about magic circles and the Tower of Babel. One can use the magic it talks about in this book, it goes fairly in depth. The thing on magic is long and can be utilized.
If you're just learning about Mesopotamia this book is very good. If you're a Christian or Abrahamic in some way this can also help you in studying the bible. But it's better outside of that. One can see the similarities and where Greece got many concepts including griffins, mermaids, and centaurs. As far as studying people is concerned you start seeing that many ancient conceptions, and this likewise relates to the bible too, have been around much longer than people previously though. This book is helpful to those with Greek, Egyptian, and biblical backgrounds.
The book is written in a manner which is very easy to read. So, you don't have to be someone who constantly reads academic books to understand it. It is not dry and the descriptions are done in a way which most people should find understandable.
My only problem with this book is THERE IS NO INDEX. Do you know just how bad it is to have a dictionary with out an index? It's a travesty against mankind! I feel like the authors were trying to troll people excluding an index. I mean, really.
This book is closer to a brief encyclopedia than just an illustrated dictionary, as many of the articles go into considerable depth and contain editorial remarks on the validity of certain interpretations, e.g., "Although the all-embracing 'fertility cult' aspects of Mesopotamian myth and religion have certainly been exaggerated as a result of the anthropological climate of the 1950s and 1960s ...", (from the entry on "fertility").
The authors are prominent working scholars in the field, and the quality of articles upholds a very high standard. The book can be used as an introduction to the subject, or even more productively in conjunction with any of the more detailed references available, a few of which are listed in a very abbreviated bibliography in the present book.
This brings me to my one disappointment with this book: the authors are not consistent in identifying sources. Scholars and religious reconstructors need to see things in context. As an amelioration, Dr. Black does run the online archive of Sumerian Literature ( [...] ), which provides a great and searchable source of original texts in both translation and phonetic original forms.
Still, this is a "grab with gusto" title. You might want to buy two, in case you wear one out.
There is a lot of material here, and it would be easy to give this book five stars based on what it does provide. However, as I use this resource I often think about what more they could have done to make it more useful. One big thing would have been more visual resources. I would have liked to see a map section where it shows the various eras and empires and the extent of their control. There is one map near the front of the book, but it provides only a limited view.
A big area of improvement would have been to provide sections instead of including all the material together from A to Z. For example the maps mentioned above could have gone into a geography section which could have also shown the evolution of the city names as they spanned eras, including the modern names for those which still exist. Another section could have covered the kings, queens, and heroes for each of the empires. The section on deities could have covered the evolution of deities as they were adopted by the later empires, as well as the new deities which arose during the passage of time. You will find that some of this material is scattered throughout the resource, but it is not complete, and it is difficult to find unless you already know where to look.
Despite all the things I would have liked to have, I still think this is a very good reference, and one which anyone who studies the ancient history of that region will want to have in their library. It is easy to come up with ideas of ways to improve things, but the work that was done in putting together this reference was exceptional, and as with most things which whet one's appetite, it leaves the reader wanting more.