1. Access to Religious Knowledge in Ancient Babylonia

The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity - Catherine Hezser

Andrew George [+-]
SOAS, University of London
Andrew George studied Assyriology at the University of Birmingham (1973–79). He wrote his doctoral dissertation on “Babylonian Topographical Texts” under the supervision of W. G. Lambert (1985). Since 1983 he has taught Akkadian and Sumerian language and literature at SOAS, University of London, where he is now Professor of Babylonian. His specialisms are Babylonian literature, religion and intellectual culture. He has been elected Fellow of the British Academy (2006) and Honorary Member of the American Oriental Society (2012). He is a former Visiting Professor at the University of Heidelberg (2000), Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2004–5) and Research Associate at Rikkyo University, Tokyo (2009). He was founding chairman of the London Centre for the Ancient Near East (1995–2000) and for seventeen years co-editor of the archaeological journal Iraq (1994–2011). His best-known books are a critical edition of the Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic for OUP (2003) and a prize-winning translation of The Epic of Gilgamesh for Penguin Classics (2000). More recently he has published six volumes of new texts from cuneiform tablets now in Norway.


This paper will consider what constituted religious knowledge in ancient Mesopotamia and examine the means by which it was transmitted there. It will examine whether ordinary people had any access to state-sponsored religion and religious knowledge and explore what other religious experiences and practices were open to them.

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George, Andrew. 1. Access to Religious Knowledge in Ancient Babylonia. The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Aug 2021. ISBN 9781781798768. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=37990. Date accessed: 27 Feb 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37990. Aug 2021

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