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Myths and Legends: Myths of Babylonia and Assyria

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In "Myths and Legends: Myths of Babylonia and Assyria," Donald Alexander Mackenzie provides readers with a fascinating exploration of the ancient civilizations of Babylonia and Assyria through their rich collection of myths and legends.

Mackenzie's meticulous research and engaging storytelling bring to life the gods, heroes, and creatures that populated the ancient Mesopotamian world. From the creation stories of the universe to the epic tales of Gilgamesh and Ishtar, each myth is presented with insightful commentary that offers a deeper understanding of the cultural and religious beliefs of these ancient peoples.

The author's passion for the subject matter shines through in his vivid descriptions and vivid imagery, making it easy for readers to immerse themselves in the mystical world of ancient Mesopotamia. Mackenzie's thorough examination of the historical context behind each myth adds depth and richness to the narratives, expanding readers' appreciation for the complexities of these ancient civilizations.

Overall, "Myths and Legends: Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" is a captivating read that offers a valuable glimpse into the myths and legends that helped shape the beliefs and culture of one of the world's oldest civilizations. Mackenzie's expertise and enthusiasm make this book a must-read for anyone interested in ancient mythology or the history of the Near East.

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Donald Alexander Mackenzie was a Scottish journalist and prolific writer on religion, mythology and anthropology in the early 20th century. His works included Indian Myth and Legend, Celtic Folklore and Myths of China and Japan.
As well as writing books, articles and poems, he often gave lectures, and also broadcast talks on Celtic mythology.

This volume deals with the myths and legends of Babylonia and Assyria, and as these reflect the civilization in which they developed, a historical narrative has been provided, beginning with the early Sumerian Age and concluding with the periods of the Persian and Grecian Empires. Over thirty centuries of human progress are thus passed under review. (Summary extracted from Wikipedia and the Preface of this book)

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