Recommended Reading

If you are interested in Mesopotamian religion, myth, history, or esoteric studies, the following texts are highly recommended. They can be purchased from retailers such as Amazon and AbeBooks, university presses, or acquired via inter-library loan.

Cuneiform tablet: a-she-er gi-ta, balag to Innin/Ishtar ca. 2nd–1st century B.C.

General Introduction

A History of the Ancient Near East by Marc Van de Mieroop

The Ancient Near East by James B. Pritchard

The Sumerians by Samuel Noah Kramer

History begins at Sumer by Samuel Noah Kramer

The Treasures of Darkness: A History of Mesopotamian Religion by Thorkild Jacobsen

Religion in Ancient Mesopotamia Book by Jean Bottéro

Ancient Mesopotamian Religion and Mythology by Wilfred G. Lambert

Mythology & Reference

Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Illustrated Dictionary by Jeremy Black, Andrew Green

A Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology by Gwendolyn Leick

Sumerian Mythology by Samuel Noah Kramer

Before The Muses: An Anthology Of Akkadian Literature by Benjamin R. Foster

The Harps that Once: Sumerian Poetry in Translation by Thorkild Jacobsen

The Literature of Ancient Sumer by Jeremy Black

Festivals and Calendars of the Ancient Near East by Mark E. Cohen

Selected Mythology

Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth : Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer translated by Diane Wolkstein & Samuel Noah Kramer

Love Songs in Sumerian Literature: Critical Edition of the Dumuzi-Inanna Songs by Yitzhak Sefati

Princess, Priestess, Poet: The Sumerian Temple Hymns of Enheduanna by Betty De Shong Meador

Inanna, Lady of Largest Heart: Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna by Betty De Shong Meador

Ishtar by Louise M. Pryke

Myths Of Enki, The Crafty God by Samuel Noah Kramer

The Healing Goddess Gula by Barbara Böck

The God Ninurta in the Mythology and Royal Ideology of Ancient Mesopotamia by Amar Annus

Magic & Ritual

Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Volume 1: Biblical and Pagan societies by Frederick H. Cryer and Marie-Louise Thomsen

Mesopotamian Magic by I. Tzvi Abusch

Mesopotamian witchcraft by I. Tzvi Abusch

The Magical Ceremony Maqlû  by I. Tzvi Abusch

Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-Witchcraft Rituals: Volume One by Daniel Schwemer and I. Tzvi Abusch

Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-Witchcraft Rituals: Volume Two by Daniel Schwemer and I. Tzvi Abusch

The Witchcraft Series Maqlû by I. Tzvi Abusch

Magico-medical means of treating ghost-induced illnesses in ancient Mesopotamia by Jo Ann Scurlock

Healing Magic and Evil Demons: Canonical Udug-hul Incantations by Markham J. Geller

Forerunners to Udug-Hul: Sumerian Exorcistic Incantations
Book by Markham J. Geller

The Cults of Uruk and Babylon: The Temple Ritual Texts by Marc J. H. Linssen

Pazuzu by Nils P. Heessel

Lamastu: An Edition of the Canonical Series of Lamastu Incantations and Rituals and Related Texts from the Second and First Millennia B.C by Walter Farber

Deliver me from Evil: Mesopotamian Incantations, 2500-1500 BC by Graham Cunningham

Mesopotamian Protective Spirits: The Ritual Texts by F. A. M. Wiggermann

Ur III Incantations from the Frau Professor Hilprecht-Collection, Jena. by Johannes J. A. van Dijk and Markham J. Geller

Surpu, A Collection of Sumerian and Akkadian Incantations by Erica Reiner

The Akkadian Namburbu Texts: An Introduction. By Richard Caplice