The Babylonian Epic of Atrahasis, written no later than. B.C.E., is an ancient Primeval History of Man which relates the story of man from the events that. Atrahasis, “the surpassingly wise,” is the name of the Mesopotamian hero of the Flood in “Der irdische Lärm des Menschen (nochmals zum Atramhasis-Epos). 15 from the copies of P. Haupt (Nimrod-Epos p. ), F. Delitzsch Tablet XI, first given by Haupt, Nimrod-Epos pp. , and . ATRAHASIS. / BM

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The reason for the flood is explained by Giovanni Pettinato and Wolfram von Soden as a “rebellion” like that of the Igigi, whereas others including William L. As regards the structure of the myth, the scheme of the Old Babylonian version shows that the three tablets copied by the scribe Ku Aja may be divided into three clear sections.

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He had been given the answer: Where is Alulu, atrshasis king who ruled for 36, artahasis Nor can I set my feet on the earth of Enlil. They had returned back to the ship. Their forced labor was heavy, their misery too much! When the text resumes, Enki is still speaking. From this point the narrative does not differ greatly from previously known accounts. When the text resumes, there is a description atrxhasis the storm, which lasts for seven days and seven nights. He could not sit, could not crouch, for his heart was broken and he was vomiting gall.

Alexander Polyhistor, an ancient Greek historian, gives a description of the Flood as set down by the above writer the Babiloniaka of Berosus, a Chaldean priest. And etablish high priestesses and priestesses, let them be taboo, note [I. This page was last edited on 15 Novemberat The Babylonian Story of the Flood.


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A few general histories can be attributed to the Mesopotamian Atrahasis by ancient sources; these should generally be considered mythology but they do give an insight into the possible origins of the character.

Tablet II is mostly damaged, but ends with Enlil’s decision to destroy humankind with a flood and Enki bound by an oath to keep the plan secret. The carpenter carried his axe, the qtrahasis carried his stone, the rich man carried the pitch, the poor man brought the materials needed.

Fat animals he killed.

When the Flood is over, there is a furious argument among the most powerful gods, especially Enlil and Ea, following which the hero of the Flood is raised to the status of a god. The gods, particularly Enlil, the ruler of the earth, cannot accept the insubordination of the creatures that they have made, so they decide to punish the whole of humankind. The text refers to previous kings, in particular to those famous for the lengths of their reign and for the feats they have accomplished.

The Babylonian priests showed their bitterness here. In this text the vanity of human life is stressed because it does not endure forever. Home Environment Encyclopedias almanacs transcripts and maps Atrahasis.

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Let us hear the drum for the rest of the time. The gods find themselves hungry because there are no farmers left and sacrifices are no longer brought. However, the punishments prove worthless because Enki intervenes on behalf of humankind on all three occasions.


University of Chicago Press, The text has a long history. The darkness was dense, the sun was gone, But the will of the majority prevails, and thus the plan for the Flood is approved.

It should be stressed that, although the original outline of the work has undergone significant external changes, it has features that readily lead to the conclusion that there were different versions of the myth in the neo-Assyrian period.

Another theme concerns the name of the god who was killed and with whose blood humankind was created, made from clay and the blood of “We, the god who has intelligence,” which allows humans to have etemmu life spirit. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia.

He took care to build the ship, which was 15 stadia in length and 2 stadia in width. After she had mixed the clay, she summoned the Anunna, the great gods. Who is the instigator of these hostilities?

The Epic of Atraḥasis

Flee the house, build a boat, forsake possessions, and save life. For the rest of the time they would hear the drum. Enlil assigned junior divines [7] to do farm labor and maintain the rivers and canals, but after forty years the lesser gods or dingirs rebelled and refused to do strenuous labor.

The text is known from several versions:

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