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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Where is Alulu, the king who ruled for 36, years? The latter is not mentioned in the Atrahasis myth. Atrhasis had asked where he would have to sail in the ship.

This is the theme of the poem Atrahasisone of the masterpieces of Babylonian religious literature. The storm and flood begin.

At this point the hero of the Flood, the king Ziusudra, according to a plan, receives advance warning of the forthcoming catastrophe. It was night, half-way through the watch, Ekur was surrounded, but Enlil did not know!

He it is that cleanses all, let him provide me the clay so I can do the making. Let there be also among the people the pasittu she-demon:.

The first tablet deals with the situation in the world of gods before the creation of humankind. After seven days the flood ends and Atrahasis offers sacrifices to the gods.

The gear should be very strong, the pitch should be firm, and so give the boat strength. This article may be atrauasis with text translated from the corresponding article in French. You must provide copyright attribution in the edit summary by providing an interlanguage link to the source of your translation. The Atrahasis story also exists in a later fragmentary Assyrian version, having been first rediscovered in the library of Ashurbanipalbut, because of the fragmentary condition of the tablets and ambiguous words, translations had been uncertain.

The Epic of Atraḥasis

The wise Enki next proposes to create humankind to carry out the work and provide sustenance for the gods. He brought pitch to seal his door. When also exhausted, humankind resorts to the same weapons employed by the lesser gods, namely causing a commotion and going on strike. Modern Language Association http: The name “Atra-Hasis” also appears on one of the Sumerian king lists as king of Shuruppak in the times before a flood. It would make the living know its sign.


Great indeed was the drudgery of the gods, the forced labor was heavy, the misery too much:. 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.

May Click [show] for important translation instructions. They ate and they drank. The text refers to previous kings, in particular to those famous for the lengths of their reign and for the feats they have accomplished. Enki, however, will save humankind by revealing the impending tragedy to Atrahasis and telling him to build an ark.

In the third tablet, the hero of the universal Flood, Atrahasis, builds a boat that will not be submerged by the waters but will save him, his family, and various types of animals.

The problem troubling the gods is how to deal with the lesser gods, who have rebelled after forty years and refuse to put up with the burden of hard work. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Who is the instigator of these hostilities? These lines share a common theme, the hunger and thirst of the gods during the flood.

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An essential theme is the meaning of the first line, “When the gods were men,” which the Neo-Assyrian editor has interpreted as “When the gods were like men,” precisely as certain modern translators have attempted to explain, avoiding the historical religious problem caused by the Babylonian writer.

The outlook displayed atrahasus the first part of the poem is entirely a product of Semitic Babylonian thought. In its most complete surviving version, the Atrahasis epic is written on three tablets in Akkadianthe language ateahasis ancient Babylon.

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University of Chicago Press, The one new feature is a phrase the writer uses, momentarily becoming personally involved in the dramatic events to condemn the decision of Enlil as “an evil act, a wicked deed towards mankind” Tav. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. 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. In the antediluvian period, however, the kings chosen were atrahasiss human but actually gods, and the five locations of the kingship are taken from the information provided by the Sumerian King List.


The darkness was dense, the sun was gone, I will shower down upon you later. 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. I can not live in Ancient Near Eastern religions Sumerian religion Babylonian religion. In this epic Enlil is depicted as a cruel, capricious god while Enki is depicted as a kind, helpful god, perhaps because priests of Enki were writing and copying the story.

In this text the vanity of human life is stressed because it does not endure forever. Content in this edit is translated from the existing German Wikipedia article at [[: Prepared, forewarned about everything, after he had received his instructions, he took his wife, his children and his closest friends aboard. Who declared war, that battle has run up to the gate of Enlil? Atra-Hasis “exceedingly wise” is the protagonist of an 18th-century BC [1] Akkadian epic recorded in various versions on clay tablets.

Their forced labor was heavy, their misery too much! Where is Etana, the king who ascended to heaven? Tablet II begins with more overpopulation of humans and the god Enlil sending first famine and drought at formulaic intervals of years to reduce the population.