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 Epic of Atraḥasis

Kilmer interpret it literally as “uproar. It should not be forgotten that the myth has a long editorial history, existing in documented form for over thirteen hundred years. The gods have been allocated various tasks and functions and then have assigned the lesser gods the task of working the land to produce the food that is needed.

I have released the yoke, I have made restoration. Nor can I set my feet on the earth of Enlil. He brought pitch to seal his door. He opened a section of the roof and saw that the ship had come to land on a mountain.

May Click [show] for important translation instructions. When the text resumes, Enki is still speaking. The Epic of Atrahasis provides additional information on the flood and flood hero that is omitted in Gilgamesh XI and other versions of the Ancient Near East flood story.

He it is that cleanses all, let him provide me the clay so I can do the making. And etablish high priestesses and priestesses, let them be taboo, note [I. By the time he had bolted his door, Adad was roaring in the clouds. These lists imply an immediate flood after or during the rule of Ubara-Tutu.


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 Atra-Hasis tablets include both a creation myth and a flood accountwhich is one of three surviving Babylonian deluge stories.

But Enki denies violating his oath and argues: Ancient Near Eastern religions Sumerian religion Babylonian religion. Let that same god and man be thoroughly mixed in the clay.

Epoos the antediluvian period, however, the kings chosen were not human but actually gods, and the five locations of the kingship are taken from the information provided by the Sumerian King List. The outlook displayed in the first part of the poem is entirely a product of Semitic Babylonian thought.

The moment for the final drastic decision draws near. 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. I will shower down upon you later.

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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. On the first, seventh, and fifteenth days of the month, note [Auspicious days. However, the punishments prove worthless because Enki intervenes on behalf of humankind atrxhasis all three occasions. Instead of punishing the rebels, Enki, who is also the kind, wise counselor of the gods, suggested that humans be created to do the work.

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It was night, half-way through the watch, Ekur was surrounded, but Enlil did not know! For the rest of the time they would hear the drum.


Atrahasis is mentioned at the end of Tablet I. It would make the living know its sign. These lines share a common theme, the hunger and thirst of the gods during the flood. In this epic Enlil is depicted as a cruel, capricious god while Enki is tarahasis as a kind, helpful god, perhaps because priests of Enki were writing and copying the story.

Atrahasis boards the boat with his family and animals and seals the door. In the assembly of all the gods.

The Igigi, the great gods, spat upon the clay. Ayrahasis had ordered him to bury the earliest writings, the most recent and those written in arahasis, in the city of the sun of Sippar to build a ship and to go aboard, with his parents and his closest friends, to stock up with food and drink, to bring on board the wild beasts and birds and animals too, agrahasis to be ready to set off with all this gear.

In any event it seems that Atrahasis was of royal blood; whether he himself ruled and in what way this would affect the chronology is debatable. Atra-Hasis “exceedingly wise” is the protagonist of an 18th-century BC [1] Akkadian epic recorded in various versions on clay tablets.

The final act of the tragedy is approaching.