Review of Sumerian Mythology by Samuel Kramer

I’ve done more reading on ancient Egypt than Sumer and so picked this up wanting to get more background on another equally ancient civilization. I’m sure this book is dated at this point since it was published in the 1960s, nevertheless it was interesting learning about Kramer’s work piecing together myths from different parts of tablets. I especially liked the pictures of the tablets with some transliteration, translation, and introductory commentary about the myths. The repetitive nature of Sumerian poetry reminded me a bit of classical Hebrew. I found the most interesting myth to be the Sumerian flood story. I’ve linked an image from Wikipedia below. Perhaps because of the academic writing style I found this collection a little less engaging than others I’ve read recently, but all-in-all worth the time to review.

Tablet XI or the Flood Tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh, currently housed in the British Museum in London.jpg
By Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg)Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link