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IMAGE number
BLP1220359
Title
Cuneiform tablet with the Atrahasis Epic, from Sippar, southern Iraq (clay)
Artist
Babylonian, (17th century BC)
Location
British Museum, London, UK
Medium
clay
Date
1700 BC - 1600 BC (C17th BC)
Description
The text describes how the god Enlil, ruler of the earth, decides to destroy humankind with plague, famine, drought and finally a flood. However, each time Enki, god of the subterranean waters, instructs one of the humans, Atrahasis, how to survive the disasters. Atrahasis is given seven days warning of the flood, and he builds a boat, loads it with his possessions, animals and birds.
Photo credit
Photo © Zev Radovan / Bridgeman Images
Keywords
religious / mythology / flood / iraq / tablet / story / fragments / ancient / babylon / stories / text / creation myth / mesopotamia / babylonia / broken / babylonian / myths / myth / writing / tablets / cuneiform / mesopotamian / atrahasis epic / religion / fragment / enki / enlil / sippar
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