Greek Myths and Mesopotamia: Parallels and Influence in the Homeric Hymns and Hesiod, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Greek Myths and Mesopotamia

Parallels and Influence in the Homeric Hymns and Hesiod, 1st Edition

By Charles Penglase


290 pages

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The Mesopotamian influence on Greek mythology in literary works of the epic period is considerable - yet it is a largely unexplored field. In this book Charles Penglase investigates major Mesopotamian and Greek myths. His examination concentrates on journey myths. A major breakthrough is achieved in the recognition of the extent of Mesopotamian influence and in the understanding of the colourful myths involved.

The results are of significant interest, especially to scholars and students of ancient Greek and Near Eastern religion and mythology.


'A welcome and provoking study of a difficult subject.'J. H. Hordern, Trinity College, Dublin

'… contains much detailed and useful information …'Scholia Reviews

'Charles Penglase's Greek Myths is a scholarly piece of work, soundly based on a good knowledge of the myths of ancient Iraq.'Times Literary Supplement

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HISTORY / Ancient / General