Epic of Gilgamesh Sung in Sumerian

The above video, featuring Peter Pringle singing the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh in the original language while playing a replica of an ancient Sumerian instrument is very cool. Below is another video in which he plays a replica of a lyre depicted on a relief in Megiddo in Israel. HT The Cultural Mosaic [Read more...]

Inspired by the Flood Story

The above featurette about the making of the ark for the upcoming movie Noah has gotten me much more excited about the movie than I was before. It is not the first adaptation of the flood story to take creative license. That is, in actual fact, what the Bible’s flood story did with earlier versions. [Read More...]

Noah’s Flood Website

I just learned of a new website, Noah’s Flood, created to look at stories of natural cataclysms from long before the Bible up through the new Noah movie. I have only taken a quick look, but it looks interesting and worth sharing. [Read more...]

Noah’s Precursor

Irving Finkel in the New York Times and The Telegraph and also Jerry Coyne on his blog (reprinted in The New Republic) have noted the interesting story (mentioned here a while back) about a Mesopotamian version of the flood myth, another one that is much older than Genesis, featuring a coracle – i.e. a round boat. Click through any [Read More...]

Utnapishtim’s Coracle

For some reason the fact that a Mesopotamian version of the flood story contains an enormous circular ark is making news headlines in the Daily Mail and the International Business Times. HT All Mesopotamia [Read more...]

Rudolf Bruči – Gilgameš

Ancient Near Eastern mythology, the epic of Gilgamesh, turned into 20th century music by Croatian composer Rudolf Bruči (also sometimes spelled Brucci). [Read more...]

Recycled Stories in the Bible: The Flood

In today’s class, we discussed how awareness of an earlier tradition of telling versions of the same story – as in the case of the Genesis flood story, paralleled in ancient Mesopotamian literature in the Atrahasis and Gilgamesh epics – can be important for understanding the later version of the story in question. [Read more...]


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