Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others Setting & Symbolism

Stephanie Dalley
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Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia is an area that lies between the rivers of the Tigris and Euphrates in modern Iraq, home to an ancient people focused on agriculture and oral tradition. Their society was urban, however, and was commonly controlled by those controlling irrigation to the area. Their travels for trading meant a broad base for these myths to be interpreted and reinterpreted over hundreds and thousands of years.

Akkadian

Akkadian is the broad term used to encompass the languages of the Semitic Babylonian and Assyrian dialect, and is the language used on most of the tablets these myths are translated from.

Tigris and Euphrates

The Tigris and the Euphrates are two rivers that brought most of the needed water to Mesopotamia. These rivers were vital to the lifeline of the people, and thus, are found in many of their stories.

Tablet of Destinies

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