Thursday, January 8, 2009

Ancient Literature: 3000 BC to 1400 BC

10-Second Literature Reviews

Ancient Literature: 3000 BC to 1400 BC.

3000-2000BC? Gilgamesh. Babylon. Epic. Gilgamesh learns that no mortal can know the secret of eternal life. He learns to accept death as inevitable.

2100BC? War of the Gods. Anonymous. Babylon. Epic. Babylonian epic poem. Myth of creation of the world and establishment of the divine hierarchy One of the oldest known creation myths. Striking parallels to Greek myth.

1700-1400BC? The Poem of Baal. Anonymous. Canaan. Myth growing out of Canaanite rituals: fertile vs. infertile seasons; death, revival of young god. Baal vs. the god of death, Mot. Mot wins. Baal resurrected.

1500BC. Rig Veda. Anonymous. India. Hymns. 1028 hymns in 10 books or mandalas; divinely revealed to ancient seers.

1400BC. Poem of Aqhat. Anonymous. Canaan. Epic. Seasonal rites. Death and resurrection.

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