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Circa Eighth Century B.C.E.
Poet And Scribe

Divinely Inspired. According to the concluding part of the Poem of Err a and Ishum, Kabati-ilani-Marduk was its author. It was highly unusual for an author to identify himself. Kabti-ilani-Marduk explained that the poem was revealed to him in a dream. In Mesopotamia, dreams were believed to have been sent by the gods. Kabati-ilani- Marduk claimed that he made no changes to the story, relaying only what the god had revealed to him.

Source:

Luigi Cagni, The Poem of Erra, Sources and Monographs. Sources from the Ancient Near East 1/3 (Malibu: Undena Press, 1977).

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