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Category: Ancient History

Epic of Creation Enuma Elish Babylonian creation myth

Recovered in 1849 by Austen Henry Layard in the ruined Library of Ashurbanipal, a collection of thousands of clay tablets containing texts from the 7th century BC, the Epic of Creation details the story behind the human existence up to its creation. The Enuma Elish, also referred to as Enûma Eliš, is about a thousand lines long and has been found, recorded in the Old Babylonian language, on seven separate clay tablets that, together, tell a story. Each of the tablets hold between 115 and 170 lines of Sumero-Akkadian cuneiform script, one of the earliest forms of the written world. Unfortunately, most of…