Rogers, in a series of five lectures, explores the religion of ancient Mesopotamia by initially recounting the discovery of that lost religion. He then studies the gods, cosmologies, and sacred texts of the people of ancient Iraq. His work concludes with an examination of their formative myths and epics.
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Originally a series of five lectures delivered at Harvard University, this book is an early attempt to tackle a formidable subject: the religion of ancient Iraq, or Mesopotamia. Rogers’s rare work begins with a summary of the rediscovery of the religions of Babylonia and Assyria. The divine world of these ancient empires is uncovered through an exploration of their gods and cosmologies. The ancient Akkadian culture is well known for its collection of sacred texts in the form of clay tablets. Rogers considers their role in the religion of this region. This informative presentation concludes with consideration of the myths and epics of Mesopotamia, many of which are still required reading in school literary programs. All subsequent explorations of this subject owe a debt of gratitude to this pioneering study.
Robert William Rogers (1864-1930) earned his Ph.D. at Leipzig University. His teaching career included appointments at Drew Theological Seminary in New Jersey, and Princeton University, where he taught Ancient Oriental Literature. His best know publication is his two-volume A History of Babylonia and Assyria.