Resources for Sumerian Astrology, History, Language, Culture, and More
Here is a list of recommended reading for anyone interested in Mesopotamian astrology, history, language, religion, and culture. These are my Amazon affiliate links to the hardcopy/paperback versions. Where possible, I have also listed links to free PDF versions, as many of these books are out of print, and quite expensive.
Recommended Books and PDFs
From $50 – $107
A Sumerian Language manual/textbook, based primarily on the Ur III period. Contains 27 lessons with sign-lists, vocabulary, text, images, and more.
From $1.25 – $30
Cultural, political, social, and economic history of Mesopotamia, ranging from pre-history to the common era.
From $5 – $28.41
A scholarly and detailed account of Mesopotamian civilization, most-notably of the Sumerians, Assyrians, and Babylonians.
From $21.94 – $74.90
A compilation of Near East and Western material based on medical, divinatory, ritual texts and more.
From $27.49 – $33.89
An in-depth exploration of the Babylonian sky and the star-lore embedded therein. While not a how-to manual for practicing astrology, it’s a must-have for anyone interested in ancient astrology!
From $6.25 – $70.89
A survey of Mesopotamian development and history, including cultural, economic, political, and technological achievements of the people of the ancient Near East.
From $23.28 – $89.95
An easy-to-read dictionary of Near Eastern myth from Mesopotamia. Includes deity myths, worship, and temples, as well as descriptions of character and roles in mythological narrative.
From $3.47 – 13.39
An award-winning translation of the oldest story recorded in writing.
From $9.44 – $22.70
An abridged paperback selection of Foster’s two-volume work on Assyrian and Babylonian literature, Before the Muses; perfect for university-level courses.
From $4.99 – $18
An easy-to-read account of Babylonian astrology, suitable for the layman. Section one focuses on scholars and archeology. Section two concerns astrology and cosmology.
From $15.80 – $50.94
An introduction to the customs and beliefs of ancient Mesopotamia, including religious, mythological, and magical sources.
From $34.76 – $48.71
A comprehensive and up-to-date work on the multicultural civilizations of Mesopotamia.
From $45 – $91.51
An introduction to the Sumerian era of human innovation, detailing the development of the written word, with insight into its metaphysical significance.
OUT OF PRINT
A scholarly reference brimming with textual sources concerning Mesopotamian astrology, with a focus on the State Archives of Assyria (SAA) and Enuma Anu Enlila (EAE). Currently out of print, but you can download a fee PDF version from Academia.edu.
From $118 – $196.92
A wealth of evidence for the Babylonian development of Classical astrological theory and technique. A scholarly work, but a must-have for any serious student of astrology. You can download a free PDF version from Academia.edu.
From $14.50 – $33.99
A compilation of 15 works written by the director of Assyriology at Ecole Pratique Des Hautes Etudes, Paris.
From $4.32 – $14.87
An updated translation of some of the most important Mesopotamian myths, inluding the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Descent of Ishtar, the Epic of Erra, Nergal and Ereshkigal, and more.
From $7.01 – $37.59
A beautiful recreation of ancient Near East spirituality and religion. Includes detailed evidence for the Mesopotamian roots of Western civilization.
The revolutionary and paradigm-shattering book amassing and dissecting the whole recorded history. Discover the uncanny similarities between accounts of cosmic destruction found in the religious, cultural, and historical record around the world.
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