Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others Topics for Discussion

Stephanie Dalley
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In "Atrahasis", Ellil sends down several damaging commands intended to kill humankind (i.e., plague, famine). Discuss two of these in detail, explaining the consequences, and what Atrahasis did in each case to help save humanity.

In "The Epic of Gilgamesh", Gilgamesh attempts to find Ut-napishtim. Why did Gilgamesh seek him? Do you think the response of Ut-napishtim was fair, or unjust? Why?

List three difference between the Standard and the Old Babylonian versions of Gilgamesh.

Based on the text, why do you believe Ishtar went to the Underworld to see Ereshkigal in "The Decent of Ishtar"? Be sure to support your idea using phrases from the text.

The myth of "Nergal and Ereshkigal" is often referred to as a love story. Using examples from the text, explain what leads people to believe this is a tale of love and passion.

In "Adapa", it is argued that either Ea misleads Adapa or Anu deceives him in terms of his inadvertent refusal of immortality. Based on the text, which argument do you feel is correct? Support your answer using lines from the myth.

In "Etana", Shamash spares the eagle in exchange for his help in finding the birth plant for Etana. Why would Shamash spare the eagle, who betrayed his trust, in exchange for the plant?

At the end of "Anzu", as well as many other myths, the gods give the hero a variety of different names. Why do they do this? What is the purpose of the naming?

Explain the creation of man, using the information contained in "The Epic of Creation". Be sure to be specific in terms of the actions of each god.

Compare and contrast, using examples from the book, the four versions of creation presented in "Atrahasis", "Etana", "The Epic of Creation", and "Theogony of Dunnu"

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