Myths of Babylonia and Assyria

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(4 stars; 23 reviews)

Donald Alexander Mackenzie (1873 – March 2, 1936) 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) (16 hr 13 min)


00 - Preface 14:07 Read by Adam Tomkins
01 - Introduction 32:52 Read by Stephanie Lee
02 - Chapter 1: The Races and Early Civilization of Babylonia 33:44 Read by Caeliveres
03 - Chapter 2: The Land of Rivers and the God of the Deep 33:58 Read by zcameo
04 - Chapter 3: Rival Pantheons and Representative Deities 37:34 Read by Marilyn Mack
05 - Chapter 4: Demons, Fairies, and Ghosts 35:03 Read by Becky Cook
06 - Chapter 5: Myths of Tammuz and Ishtar 59:53 Read by JoeD
07 - Chapter 6: Wars of the City States of Sumer and Akkad (Part 1) 24:58 Read by Ann Boulais
08 - Chapter 6: Wars of the City States of Sumer and Akkad (Part 2) 31:57 Read by Ann Boulais
09 - Chapter 7: Creation Legend: Merodach the Dragon Slayer 45:22 Read by Caeliveres
10 - Chapter 8: Deified Heroes: Etana and Gilgamesh 39:35 Read by Dennis Blake
11 - Chapter 9: Deluge Legend, the Island of the Blessed, and Hades 47:35 Read by Caeliveres
12 - Chapter 10: Buildings and Laws and Customs of Babylon 36:59 Read by Kalynda
13 - Chapter 11: The Golden Age of Babylonia 33:35 Read by Jean Bascom
14 - Chapter 12: Rise of the Hittites, Mitannians, Kassites, Hyksos, and Assyri… 48:18 Read by janesandberg
15 - Chapter 13: Astrology and Astronomy (Part 1) 48:12 Read by JoeD
16 - Chapter 13: Astrology and Astronomy (Part 2) 40:19 Read by JoeD
17 - Chapter 14: Ashur the National God of Assyria (Part 1) 25:41 Read by Becky Cook
18 - Chapter 14: Ashur the National God of Assyria (Part 2) 26:24 Read by Becky Cook
19 - Chapter 15: Conflicts for Trade and Supremacy 32:55 Read by Stephanie Lee
20 - Chapter 16: Race Movements that Shattered Empires 30:15 Read by Stephanie Lee
21 - Chapter 17: The Hebrews in Assyrian History 43:00 Read by janesandberg
22 - Chapter 18: The Age of Semiramis 51:13 Read by janesandberg
23 - Chapter 19: Assyria's Age of Splendour (Part 1) 36:39 Read by Examinfo
24 - Chapter 19: Assyria's Age of Splendour (Part 2) 36:12 Read by Ann Boulais
25 - Chapter 20: The Last Days of Assyria and Babylonia 47:38 Read by Leda


Not a beginner's introduction.

(1 stars)

I'm not sure why the title says Babylonian and Assyrian because the author jumps around a lot, with slightly more focus on the above mentioned groups. I wanted to hear their actual myths, not suddenly jump to comparisons and interpretation until I had a good understanding of the story. I would not recommend this book, unless someone was already familiar with the myths and would find the outdated anthropological terms of "savage" and "primitive" kind of amusing. I would have loved the book if he'd just tell me the myth, then the interpretation, and then similarity to other myths.

(4 stars)

Wow I find the previous to be some pretty harsh reviews for an incredibly in-depth and informative piece of work. After getting to chapter 12 I decided to order the paper back of it because I felt like it was packed full of so much useful information! It’s definitely not for the light readers. I myself am a history nerd and and have no problem spending hours listening to lectures on such subjects as this. I must say it does jump around a bit in its explanation of things, but this is Assyrian history, which is the doorway to our Present. Sumeria was the father of all cultures to fallow and the correlations that are made between religions and cultures are invaluable. Really love this book!


(5 stars)


(3 stars)

uneven quality of reading made it at times painful to listen to

listened to this book at least 20 times...and STILL learn someth

(5 stars)