My rating: 4 of 5 stars
An interesting a solid treatment of Assyrian and Babylonian history. Some of the names were not what I have usually encountered, so there may be some translation involved, but there is a glossary at the end that helps a lot. Likewise the pronunciation of some of the names and terms was not always the same as what I was familiar with, but it all still worked.
There is a lot of information in this book and I enjoyed all of it … even the myth comparisons (and contrasts) with Mesoamerica, Egypt and others (the treatment of Noah and the flood was particularly interesting). It you are at all interested in this topic, this is a great start that goes into a lot more detail than I recall from my early western civ class in high school.
Chapter 1: Babylonia and Assyria in History and Legend (Abraham)
Chapter 2: Babylonian Cosmology
Chapter 3: Early Babylonian Religion
Chapter 4: The Gilgamesh Epic
Chapter 5: The Later Pantheon of Babylonia
Chapter 6: The Great God Merodach and His Cult
Chapter 7: The Pantheon of Assyria
Chapter 8: Babylonian Star-Worship
Chapter 9: The Priesthood, Cult, and Temples
Chapter 10: The Magic and Demonology of Babylonia
Chapter 11: the Mythological Monsters and Animals of Chaldea
Chapter 12: Tales of the Babylonian and Assyrian Kings
Chapter 13: The Comparative Value of the Babylonian and Assyrian Religions
Chapter 14: Modern Excavation in Babylonia and Assyria
Chapter 15: The Twilight of the Gods
I was given this free advance review/listener copy (ARC) audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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