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Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others

By Anonymous

Rating: 3 stars

This is an interesting series of myths from ancient Mesopotamia, which were probably the origins of the tropes and archetypes that appear again and again in western mythology and narrative. The introduction to each one is interesting, but the actual myths themselves can be difficult, as they have been reconstructed from fragments of recovered clay tablets, and many fragments are still missing. This can be a single missing word, or entire sections of the text.

Also, to modern sensibilities the tales are awfully bare, with little embellishment. The introduction suggests that this is because these were only notes that would be mnemonics to the storytellers of the time who would fill in the details and make the stories come to life. This is interesting, but it does make reading these sometimes a bit of a chore.

Book details

ISBN: 9780199538362
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year of publication: -1750

The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Volume II

By Anonymous

Rating: 3 stars

This second volume of the collection of Arabian mythology was a bit of a mixed bag. Some of the stories were familiar (such as the tales of Sindbad the Sailor) but most weren’t. I was rather surprised by the amount and variety of sex involved, I guess I’m used to the Disney-fied versions. Towards the end of the volume I started to find the stories getting somewhat repetitive and a bit dull so I’m not sure that I wouldn’t have cut off Shahrazad’s head (the person telling the stories) before the thousand and first night

Book details

ISBN: 9780415045407
Publisher: Routledge
Year of publication: 800

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