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Babylonian Story of the Deluge and the Epic of Gilgamesh: with an Account of the Royal Libraries of Nineveh

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The Babylonian Story of the Deluge and the Epic of Gilgamesh, with an Account of the Royal Libraries of Nineveh by E.A. Wallis Budge is a fascinating and comprehensive exploration of ancient Mesopotamian literature and history. Budge provides readers with a detailed examination of two of the most famous texts from ancient Babylonia, shedding light on their cultural significance and impact on subsequent literature.

The book delves into the origins and themes of the Babylonian Story of the Deluge, a precursor to the Biblical story of Noah's Ark, and the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the earliest surviving works of literature. Budge's analysis of these texts offers valuable insights into the beliefs, values, and traditions of the ancient Mesopotamians, providing a window into their worldview and cultural practices.

Additionally, Budge explores the royal libraries of Nineveh, discussing the discovery and translation of the cuneiform tablets that contained these ancient texts. His discussion of the historical context in which these texts were written and preserved adds depth and richness to the overall narrative, enhancing the reader's understanding of the significance of these literary treasures.

Overall, The Babylonian Story of the Deluge and the Epic of Gilgamesh is a compelling and informative read for anyone interested in ancient history, literature, or mythology. Budge's expertise and scholarly approach make this book a valuable resource for scholars and lay readers alike, offering a comprehensive and engaging exploration of these enduring and influential ancient texts.

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A short monograph devoted to the Babylonian flood myth and the Epic of Gilgamesh , dating from the 7th century BC, as found on the clay tablets of the Royal Library of Ashurbanipal at the ancient site of Nineveh, capital of the Neo-Assyrian Empire. The book includes a description of the library and an account of its discovery. The narratives are conveyed through a combination of verbatim translation and paraphrase. The text contains eighteen illustrations. - Summary by Kazbek


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