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Title: House Most High: The Temples of Ancient Mesopotamia
Author: George, Andrew R
Publisher: Eisenbrauns; Publication Date: 1993
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780931464805
Volumes: 1; Pages: xii, 209
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Originally begun in collaboration with Professor W. L. Moran, this work collects all of the extant cuneiform tablets inscribed with lists of temples. The temple lists are classified in terms of their organization, whether associated with lexical lists, organized theologically, topographically, or hierarchically--presenting deities and temples according to their relative rank.
The main part of the book is an up-to-date gazetteer of the ceremonial names of ancient Mesopotamian temples. This gazetteer replaces similar (though less complete) listings from earlier in the century and provides (where known) location, divine owner, and other relevant information for each temple listed. By including not only names from temple lists, but also from other literary genres, Professor George has provided a standard reference guide that Assyriologists and others with interest in Mesopotamian religion will consult with regularity for years to come.
Indexes to the gazetteer of divine, personal, and royal names, and of cuneiform tablets enhance the reference value of this unique tool. The sixteen plates include some material not previously published.
"George has produced a reliable reconstruction of these interesting ancient scribal compilations. A comprehensive glossary of temple and shrine names will assure its use as a standard reference work. This moderately priced and beautifully produced volume will find its place in all libraries whose readers are interested in the history of religions and in the civilization and culture of Syro-Mesopotamia."--David I. Owen, Cornell University in Religious Studies Review
"Readers may therefore feel grateful for providing a useful reference work on the names of Ancient Near Eastern Temples. Readers' gratitude may also extend to these individuals for assisting George in the preparation of a most useful book."--A. Livingstone in Bibliotheca Orientalis