By Benjamin R. Foster

2-volume set. comprises annotated translations of over three hundred Babylonian and Assyrian literary compositions. between those works are compositions in a different way unavailable in English, formerly unpublished, or incorporating newly found fragments. one of the compositions integrated are: Epic of production; Descent of Ishtar to the Netherworld; Atrahasis; Tukulti-Ninurta Epic; Adapa and the South Wind; Adapa and Enmerkar; Etana; Anzu; The Babylonian Theodicy; The discussion of Pessimism; The delivery Legend of Sargon of Akkad; The Gilgamesh Letter; discussion among a guy and His God; The Poem of the Righteous patient; A Sufferer's Salvation; knowledge of Ugarit; Sumero-Akkadian knowledge and Proverbs; Proverbs from Letters; Pious student; The Netherworld imaginative and prescient of an Assyrian Prince; Agushaya Poem; Sargon King of conflict; The Cuthaean Legend of Naram-Sin; Nergal and Eresh-kigal; Shulgi Prophecy; Agum-kakrime and the go back of Marduk; Nebuchadnezzar and Marduk; Marduk Prophecy; Antiochus Soter to Nabu; suggestion to a Prince; The King of Justice; In compliment of Babylon; Erra and Ishum; The bad guy of Nippur; Lament for Tammuz; To Calm a child; To Recapture a Runaway Slave; To safe Brisk alternate at a Tavern; Love Lyrics of Nabu and Tashmetu; Elegy for a lady useless in Childbirth; Incantations opposed to ailment; Acrostic Hymn to Marduk; Prayers for Kings and Gods.

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38a). with numerous variants not noted here. Edition: Ebeling, AGH, 20-22. Translation: von Soden, SAHG, 296-297 no. 41; Seux, Hymnes, 274-275. Literature: Mayer, UFBG, Enlil Ia. *Notes to Text: (25) Walker, AfO 24 (1973)~124-125. (30) Mayer, OrNS 46 (1977). 389. I. Variant omits these two lines and ends here with an incomplete one: At your sublime command, which cannot be altered, And your eternal assent, which cannot be changed ... 560 111. "' It invokes Enlil by various epithets, seeking to bring about his reconciliation with his people (the "black-headed folk," or Mesopotamians) and to restore order in the land.

Before you I have become pure as the grass, I have become clean and pure as soap plant. Her spell, that of the wicked sorceress, (15) I. Variant: "silence" (Meier, Maqld, 66). According to CAD Q, 304b. "silence" is an erroneous variant; according to AHw, 925b, 927b, "skeins" is erroneous. Tying thread on the mouth as a metaphor for blocking speech and effectiveness is known in other magical contexts though not filling the mouth with thread. " For a magical procedure that involves stopping up a mouth with wool, see Falkenstein, ZA 45 (1939)~26.

0 Ea, Shamash, and Marduk, come to my help! Let me be clean in your presence, let me be pure before you. 55 I I, so-and-so, son of so-and-so, Whose (personal) god is so-and-so, Whose (personal) goddess is so-and-so, Against whom evil signs keep occurring, I am afraid, frightened, and terrified! Let me escape the evil (portended by) an eclipse of the moon, The evil (portended by) an eclipse of the sun, The evil (portended by) the stars (and) the stars of Ea, Anu, and Enlil, The evil (portended by) the planets which approach the path of the stars, (20) Text: Myhrman, PBS I / I 14 1-23; W.

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