The Epic of Kings, Hero Tales of Ancient Persia

The Epic of Kings, Hero Tales of Ancient Persia

Firdausi

The Shahnameh, (“The Book/Epic of Kings”), is a long epic poem written by the Persian poet Firdausi between c. 977 and 1010 CE and is the national epic of Greater Iran. It is the world’s longest poem written by a single poet. It tells mainly the mythical and to some extent the historical past of the Persian Empire from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century.

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Records of the Past, 2nd Series, Vol. IV

Records of the Past, 2nd Series, Vol. IV

A. H. Sayce

Chapters include: The Official Life of an Egyptian Officer; Hymn to Osiris; The Synchronous History of Assyria and Babylonia; Inscriptions of Shalmaneser II; The Monolith Inscription of Shalmaneser II; The Inscription of Shalmaneser II; A Votive Inscription of Assur-Natsir-Pal; Inscription of Rimmon-Nirari III; Votive Inscriptions; Babylonian…

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Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion

Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion

A. H. Sayce

Lectures on the origin and growth of religion as illustrated by the religion of the ancient Babylonians. Chapters include: Rise of Semitic culture in the court of Sargon; Connection between Babylonian and Hebrew religion; Resemblances between the Babylonian and Jewish priesthood and ritual; Merodach the supreme Bel or Baal of Babylon; Merodach originally the Sun-god of Eridu; Origin of the names of Moses, Joseph, Saul, David…

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The Tablet from Yuzgat

The Tablet from Yuzgat

A. H. Sayce

The remarkable and important cuneiform tablet from Yuzgat, a copy of which is here published, I had the good fortune to obtain in the Spring of 1905. It is now in the possession of the University of Liverpool, where it has been skilfully cleaned. Dr. Pinches and I have spent several weeks in making the copy, he working from the original and I from enlarged photographs, which in most cases are as clear as the original, if not clearer…

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Sumerian Mythology

Sumerian Mythology

Samuel Noah Kramer

The Sumerians were a non-Semitic, non-Indo-European people who lived in southern Babylonia from 4000-3000 B.C.E. They invented cunieform writing, and their spiritual beliefs influenced all successive Near Eastern religions, including Judaism, Christianity and Islam. They produced an extensive body of literature, among the oldest in the world. Samuel Noah Kramer spent most of his life studying…

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Astrology and Religion Among the Greeks and Romans

Astrology and Religion Among the Greeks and Romans

Franz Cumont

This is a study of star-worship collected from all available astrological and astronomical texts from antiquity. Cumont shows that astronomical knowledge was developed over time in the ancient Near East, eventually allowing prediction of phenomena such as the location of the planets, the phases of the moon, and eclipses. This knowledge was used as the basis of a religious system which was integrated into Greek…

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The Old Testament in the Light of the Ancient East

The Old Testament in the Light of the Ancient East

Alfred Jeremias

This is Volume 2. “The stories in Genesis from chapter xi. 26 onwards give the tradition, founded upon various documentary sources, current in pious circles of Israel in regard to the primeval history of the nation. We may consider, besides Genesis, Joshua xxiv. 2; Isa. lxiii. 16, li. 1 f. ; Jer. xxxiii. 26; and (in regard to Sodom and Gomorrah), Amos iv. 11, and Isa. i. 9. In the form before us the histories of the Patriarchs are…

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Collectanea Hermetica Volume VI

Collectanea Hermetica Volume VI

William Wynn Westcott

This is Volume 6 (The Chaldaean Oracles of Zoroaster) of 7 Volumes. From the Preface: “THESE Oracles are considered to embody many of the principal features of Chaldaean philosophy. They have come down to us through Greek translations and were held in the greatest esteem throughout antiquity, a sentiment which was shared alike by the early Christian Fathers and the later Platonists. The doctrines contained therein are attributed to…

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On Traces of an Indefinite Article in Assyrian

On Traces of an Indefinite Article in Assyrian

R. Campbell Thompson

Taken from the Preface: ‘In the following pages will be found between thirty and forty extracts from passages in the cuneiform texts, and written both in Babylonian and Assyrian, in which this phenomenon occurs. I have verified every extract with the original documents, where such are preserved in the British Museum, and, printed in the cuneiform type, I now submit them to the consideration of Assyriologists and Semitic scholars in general’.

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The Chaldaean Oracles Volume 2

The Chaldaean Oracles Volume 2

G. R. S. Mead

This is Volume IX of the Echoes from the Gnosis series. The Chaldaean Oracles have survived as fragmentary texts from the 2nd century AD, and consist mainly of Hellenistic commentary on a single mystery-poem that was believed to have originated in Chaldea (Babylonia). The origins of the texts are unknown and mysterious. Some have claimed that the Chaldaean Oracles, in the form in which they survive, were attributed to Julian the…

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