Mesopotamian Cosmogony and Cosmology

  • Wayne Horowitz
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Mesopotamian cosmogony and cosmology has interested scholars and laymen since the decipherment of the cuneiform script in the nineteenth century. Below is a short discussion of this topic, with references to further bibliography.


Root Canal Physical Universe Life Force Semitic Language Euphrates River 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Hebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael

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