Myths and Legends of Babylonia and Assyria

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Chap. 1—Babylonia and Assyria in History and Legend

A Babylonian Conqueror—The First Library in Babylonia—Khammurabi the Great—A Court Murder—Semiramis the Great—The Second Assyrian Empire—The First Great Library—The Last Kings of Assyria—The Last of the Babylonian Kings—The History of Berossus—Berossus' Account of the Deluge—Analogies with the Flood Myth—The Tower of Babel—Nimrod, the Mighty Hunter—A Persian Version—The 'Babylonica'—Rawlinson—Origin of Cuneiform—Hymn to Adar.

Chap. 2—Babylonian Cosmogony

The Birth of the Gods—A Darksome Trinity—Connexion with the Jonah Legend.

Chap. 3—Early Babylonian Religion

Spirits and Gods—Was Babylonian Religion Semitic in Type?—Bel—Bel and the Dragon—Dibarra —The Writings of Oannes—The Story of Adapa and the South Wind—Ishtar—The Descent of Ishtar into Hades—At the Gates of Aralu—Ishtar and Persephone—Lamentations for Tammuz—An Allegorical Interpretation of the Myth—Ishtar, Tammuz, and Vegetation—Ishtar and Esther—Nannar—Nannar in Decay—Nirig, or Enu-Restu.

Chap. 4—The Gilgamesh Epic

Gilgamesh as Tyrant—The Beguiling of Eabani—The Monster Khumbaba—Ishtar's Love for Gilgamesh—The Death of Eabani—The Quest of Gilgamesh—The Deluge Myth—The Babylonian Ark—The Bird Messengers.

Chap. 5—The Later Pantheon of Babylonia

Tashmit—Shamash and Khammurabi—Hadad, Dáda, David, and DidoEa in Later Times—Bel—The Triad of Earth, Air, and Sea—Anu.

Chap. 6—The Great God Merodach and His Cult

A New-Year's Ceremony.

Chap. 7—The Pantheon of Assyria

Asshur as Conqueror—Ishtar in Assyria—Ninib as an Assyrian War-God—Ninib as Hunter-God—Shamash—Sin in the Northern Land—Prisoner-Gods—The Assyrian Bel and Belit—Dibbarra—Lesser Gods.

Chap. 8—Babylonian Star-worship

Planets identified with Gods.

Chap. 9—The Priesthood, Cult, and Temples

The Great Temple-Builders—The Temple of E-Kur—The Twin Temples—Temples as Banks—A Royal 'Day'—Lamentation Rituals—The Terror of Eclipse.

Chap. 10—The Magic and Demonology of Babylonia and Assyria

The Word of Power—Babylonian Vampires—Gods once Demons—The Legend of Ura—The Witch-Finding—The Magic Circle—Omens—The Ritual of Hepatoscopy—The Missing Caravan.

Chap. 11—The Mythological Monsters and Animals of Chaldea

Gazelle and Goat Gods—The Goat Cult—Babylonian Ethics.

Chap. 12—Tales of the Babylonian and Assyrian Kings

The Gods of the Phœnicians—The Carthaginian Religion—Babylonian Ethics.

Chap. 13—The Comparative Value of the Babylonian and Assyrian Religions

Babylonian Religion Typically Animistic—A Mother-Goddess Theory—Babylonian Influence upon the other Semites—The Canaanites—Babylonian Ethics.

Chap. 14—Modern Excavation in Babylonia and Assyria

Babylonian Ethics—Hormuzd Rassam—The American Expedition of 1889—The Business Quarter of Nippur—Hilprecht Returns—The House of the Dead—A Babylonian Museum—Haynes' Work at Nippur—The Babylon of Nebuchadrezzar II—The Outer Wall—Babylon's Water-Supply—Nebuchadrezzar's Palace—The Great Gate of Ishtar—The Street of Processions—E-Sagila—The Great Tower of Nabu (E-Zida)—Town-Planning.

Chap. 15—The Twilight of the Gods

Babylonian Ethics.