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Mystical and Mythological Explanatory Works of Assyrian and Babylonian Scholars

Alasdair Livingstone

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288 pages
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2007

Mystical and Mythological Explanatory Works of Assyrian and Babylonian Scholars

Alasdair Livingstone

The cuneiform literature of ancient Mesopotamia is vast, ranging from economic texts, other sorts of record-keeping documents, and letters through texts that modern readers consider literary, including one category that is often considered esoteric. The latter works appear to be attempts on the part of the ancient scribe-scholars to explain parts of their own culture, to elucidate their own traditions. In the mid-1980s, Alasdair Livingstone studied these texts and then published the collection he had gathered. These texts demonstrate that the Assyrian and Babylonian scholars responsible for their creation had their own distinctive ideas about the function of myth and ritual.

 

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The cuneiform literature of ancient Mesopotamia is vast, ranging from economic texts, other sorts of record-keeping documents, and letters through texts that modern readers consider literary, including one category that is often considered esoteric. The latter works appear to be attempts on the part of the ancient scribe-scholars to explain parts of their own culture, to elucidate their own traditions. In the mid-1980s, Alasdair Livingstone studied these texts and then published the collection he had gathered. These texts demonstrate that the Assyrian and Babylonian scholars responsible for their creation had their own distinctive ideas about the function of myth and ritual.

Livingstone’s study was first published in 1986 by Oxford University Press but has been out of print for a number of years. Eisenbrauns is happy to make it available once again, in a quality hardback reprint.

Introduction

Conventions

List of Tablets edited and discussed

Publications cited by initials, short titles, tablet signatures

Part One. Mystical Explanatory Works

Chapter One. Expositions of Mystical Mathematics and Philology

Chapter Two. Groups of Deities and Parts of the World

Chapter Three. The God Description Texts: A Mystical Representation of a Deity

Part Two. Mythological Explanatory Works

Chapter Four. Works in Standard Babylonian Explaining State Rituals in Terms of Myths

Chapter Five. Other Babylonian Explanatory Works on Rituals

Chapter Six. Works in Neo-Assyrian Explaining Rituals in Terms of Theology and Mythology

Appendix I. Miscellanea

Appendix II. Colophons

Notes

Plates

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