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The Gods Rich in Praise: Early Greek and Mesopotamian Religious Poetry

Christopher Metcalf


This book contributes to the current academic debate on the relationship between early Greek poetry and the ancient Near East, especially Mesopotamia. It is the first extensive study to be based on a detailed analysis of the ancient texts, consisting in this case of a selection of religious poems mainly in Sumerian, Akkadian, Hittite, and Greek. The first part of the book (Chapters 1–3) presents the core groups of sources from the ancient Near East, describing the main features of style and content of Sumerian and Akkadian religious poetry and showing how certain compositions were translated a ... More

Keywords: religion, poetry, hymns, prayers, Sumerian, Akkadian, Hittite, Greek, Homer, Hesiod, Greece, Mesopotamia, Near East

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723363
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723363.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Metcalf, author
Junior Research Fellow in Lesser Known Languages and Scripts of the Ancient World, Wolfson College, University of Oxford