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Epics of Sumerian Kings: The Matter of Aratta

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Epics of Sumerian Kings presents for the first time both the authoritative Sumerian text and an elegant English translation of four key epics from the Sumerian literary canon. These epics, the earliest known in any language, revolve around the conflict between the cities of Uruk (biblical Erech) in ancient Iraq and Aratta in neighboring Iran. Of special interest is “Enmerk ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 7th 2003 by Society of Biblical Literature (first published November 1st 2003)
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Elias Vasilis Kontaxakis
The lord of Aratta inspected the tablet.
The spoken words were mere wedges—his brow darkened.
The lord of Aratta kept looking at the tablet (in the light of) the brazier.


This short review is of a single excerpt from a collection of Sumerian mythology—concerning the invention of writing—called Enmerker and the Lord of Aratta (~2,000 BCE). In it Enmerker, the King of Uruk (Iraq), demands tribute from the king of Aratta (in Iran or Armenia). He relays his demand to a messenger, but the threat is too
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