Mesopotamian Mythology: Classic Stories from the Sumerian Mythology, Akkadian Mythology, Babylonian Mythology and Assyrian Mythology

Classical Mythology, Book 7
Narrated by: Oliver Hunt
Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: History, Ancient History
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Publisher's Summary

Did you know the Mesopotamians did not believe in life after death? Or that their queen of the underworld and their arrogant god of war and pestilence had an epic love story?

In this collection, you will enjoy the epic stories of ancient Mesopotamia that echoed through other great works like the Bible and The Odyssey. The Sumerian belief system offers a fascinating insight into the lives of these ancient people as they struggled to establish the first empires of man.

Some of the fantastic stories included are:

  • The Epic of Gilgamesh: the adventure of Gilgamesh, a tyrannical king who is blessed with a true friend and companion, Enkidu. As they set out to make their names, the young men encounter demons, gods and goddesses, and death. It is the first recorded hero’s epic!
  • Creation Myths: The ancient Mesopotamians had a vivid idea of their origins. Learn how they saw their role in the cosmos and interpreted events in their lives.
  • The Descent of Ishtar: No good collection of myths would be complete without a trip to the underworld. In this myth, the queen of heaven is not content with her lot and seeks to gain the power of the underworld as well.
  • The Epic of Etana: One of the original action-adventure stories is the story of Etana. Through divine providence, Etana is elevated from shepherd to king but cannot conceive an heir. With help from the gods and a less-than-honorable giant eagle, he seeks to find the plant that will let his wife bear him a child.
  • Ereshkigal and Nergal: Stories of star-crossed lovers are common enough, but the Mesopotamian version has a unique twist. Ereshkigal and Nergal are the most unlikely of bedfellows!
  • And so much more!
©2018 Scott Lewis (P)2018 Scott Lewis

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A Great Intro To Mesopotamian Mythology

This 5 hour long book kept me company through a long laundry day. I found it gave me a lot of good information. I've been trying to learn about these Myths for years now and just found this book by searching Amazon Kindle. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the mythos. It also gave me good info on Ishtar, Queen of Heaven, Goddess of Love, Beauty, and War. She has been a topic of interest for 14 years now and I feel like I FINALLY got decent info on her due to this book. Very happy to have listened.

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Educative facts

This book actually has been of great help. I have been about to understand myths and interpret them. the stories are well written and played a good role in helping me understand it all. recommended

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Solid ideas - Recommended

This book provided a solid idea of ancient Mesopotamina beliefs, lives and culture. An extensive over view done on Mesopotamia. This book provided a clear picture in that time and place. Recommended.

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Explains History

Learn the cultures of the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonian and Assyrians. The early civilization created myths and stories to explain why and how things happened . This book delves into their histories and explained their universe.

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Important book on mythology

This is an important book when it comes to studying about mythology. Have been able to go through the stories one after the other. Found the Epic of Etana and some other stories - quite fascinating and interesting. it was another adventure worth taking.

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Classic stories

A good collection of classic stories from the Sumerian mythology, Akkadian mythology, Babylonian Mythology and Assyrian Mythology. its a classical book, detailed and well written.

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  • 11-13-18

Historic!!!

This book contain quite a lot on the history of the ancient people of the Mesopotamian. its the first time i hear about these people and their myth. found this book well written , well narrated, well illustrated and quite very informative as well. recommended.

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  • 11-13-18

Fascinating world of the Mesopotamia

This book is the first of its kinds . its a guide that takes you on a journey of the ancient Mesopotamia, The introduction is inviting and the book is well narrated. recommended

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  • Jose Arias
  • 03-20-20

Dislike narrator

Good content but really don’t enjoy Oliver Hunt’s voice, specially when he tries to do an impression of a female’s voice

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-18

Rich content

This book educates on the myths, religion and other literature that comes from ancient Mesopotamia. These stories thou considered the oldest stories in the world have given historic insight into Mesopotamian ideology and cosmology.Rich in content and information .

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  • 11-14-18

Good opportunity to learn mythology

A good combination on this book. Sumerian Mythology actually got me interested in this book. it was a good opportunity for me to learn of the other three myths. The stories are well told and making use of the audio book actually helped me read the book with ease. recommended

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  • 11-13-18

Deeper insight on their believes

Learn the believe of the ancient people of the Mesopotamian. Found interesting the fact that they do not believe that there is life after death nor did they believe that their queen of the underworld and their arrogant god of war and pestilence had an epic love story. This book provided a deeper insight in all of these facts. i enjoyed listening to this audio book.

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