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"A real addition to the body of world mythology."—American Anthropologist



"No people has contributed more to the culture of mankind than the Sumerians, and yet it has been only in recent years that our knowledge of them has become at all accurate or extensive. [This book is] our first authoritative sketch of the great myths of the Sumerians, their myths of origins, of creation, the nether world, and the deluge. The book . . . makes entrancing reading and for the general reader it opens up a whole new vista undreamed of before."—Theophile J. Meek

About the Author

Samuel Noah Kramer was Clark Research Professor Emeritus of Assyriology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was also Curator Emeritus of the Tablet Collections.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press; Revised edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812210476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812210477
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Any piece of scholarship that has a preface that baldly states that quite a bit of the following translations are wrong immediately throws out warning signals.
However, this is quite a useful handbook, even if the author pointedly tells the reader that "History begins at Sumer" is more accurate. It has that touch that encompasses all ancient historical secondary sources written in the early part of the twentieth century - a narrative style, whereby it is just as important to provide both a description of actions and a background of the people and methods that got the several thousand clay tablets translated.
Given today's somewhat dry "facts, facts, facts" attitude of most ancient historians, it is most refreshing because understanding those who compiled the work gives a better understanding of the translation.
The book excellently gives a rundown of the pantheon of Sumerian Gods, the acculturation of Sumerian mythology into Semitic and translates a goodly portion (sometimes inaccurately as the preface warns!) of the tablets.
Whilst any serious Sumerian scholar must move on to latter translations and works, this is a good starting point, particularly for those wanting to see a 'decipherment' in progress.
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This is a good book for anyone studying the RELIGION of the Sumerians. This book is a collection of some of their religious beliefs/myths with a few notes helping the reader connect them together. It is a good read and not too dry... you should be able to finish it in a day. I liked this book much better than his book "HISTORY BEGINS AT SUMER", but I say if you are looking to buy one book on the Sumerians in general then you need to purchase Mr. Kramers book "THE SUMERIANS" instead. It contains most of the same information found in this book and a lot more on their daily lives, history, and etc.
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I found this book to be a very refreshing introduction to Sumerian mythology.

However, like the author states some of the translations are not that accurate. Also, I wish this book was longer.

Besides those two things, this book is awesome and I recommend it to anyone just beginning to study Sumerian mythology.
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while i find this book a good read, i was left very unsatisfied. i felt there was much left out of this book that could have been touched on. also i found myself bored to death through the authors commentary on what little translation of the sumerian texts there were. while i was led to believe that this book would discuss much of their religious customs,myths, and beliefs, it touches on very little of any. while this is not a terrible read i am sure there is much better than this.
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As stated by another reviewer, the book appears to be a print-on-demand version of an electronic text with no pictures. The text for the pictures is still there, but it makes it hard to follow as it inserts itself in the middle of sentences. For example, the sentence on page 16 continues on page 18, second paragraph ("Lagash...")

The information is good, though brief, mostly covering what can be assumed with the little information that's there. There's quite a bit of background regarding the author's search for clues and how long it took to decipher the text as well as where each bit came from. It's good info, if you're an archaeologist, but annoying if you're looking for a book that in any way describes the myths or religion.
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Samuel Noah Kramer was an early archaeologist but should not be discounted as unreliable for that reason. His work is still cited and well done. This book contains information available in other books but still a good buy. I am glad I added it to my library.
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OK in parts, but not enough ACTUAL translation. Just enough to tease you. I want a book FULL of translated text, stories, and mythology.
This guy spent way too much time explaining how much he knows about Sumerian Mythology.
"Yeah, yeah, yeah, now get to the point, please."
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The book appears to be a print-on-demand version of an electronic text. The last sentence on page 16 reads as follows: "In that year, the French under De Sarzec began to excavate at Telloh the ancient Sumerian city of". On the following page there is no resolution to the sentence.

There are no pictures in the edition that I purchased. There are captions, however, that refer to maps and pictures.

I do like Kramer's writing, where it exists.
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