Before the Muses: An Anthology of Akkadian Literature, by Benjamin R. Foster

By Benjamin R. Foster

2-volume set. comprises annotated translations of over three hundred Babylonian and Assyrian literary compositions. between those works are compositions differently unavailable in English, formerly unpublished, or incorporating newly stumbled on fragments. one of the compositions integrated are: Epic of construction; 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 beginning 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; recommendation 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 exchange at a Tavern; Love Lyrics of Nabu and Tashmetu; Elegy for a lady lifeless in Childbirth; Incantations opposed to ailment; Acrostic Hymn to Marduk; Prayers for Kings and Gods.

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Bottkro, "Intelligence and the Technical Function of Power: Enki/Ea," in Mesopotamia (1987), 232-250; S. N. Kramer and J. Maier, Myths of Enki, The Craffy God (Oxford, 1989). A more technical study will be found in H. D. Galter, Der Gott Ea/Enki in der akkadischen ~berlieferun~ (dissertation, Graz, 198I). 50h. 0 wise king, perceptive creator, Lofty prince, ornament of the Eabsu,' Enlilbanda,= artful, venerated one, Hero of Eridu, sage of the Igigi, Lord of the E [ e n g ~ r ] r a protection ,~ of the E ~ n i r , ~ Bringer of the high waters (that cause) abundance, who makes the rivers joyful, In oceans and in reed thickets you make plenteous prosperity, In the meadows you create the livelihood of the peoples.

For the man who does virtuous deeds, who knows not fraud, The man who always says what he really means,* 1, there will be [ The seed of evildoers wi[ll not be perpetual]. The nay-sayers' speeches are before you, You quickly analyze what they say. You hear and examine them, you see through the trumped-up lawsuit. Each and every one is entrusted to your hands, You make their omens the right ones for them, you resolve what perplexes. You heed, 0 Shamash, prayer, supplication, and blessing, Obeisance, kneeling, whispered prayer, and prostration.

559 Text: Myhrman, PBS I / I 17; King, BMS 19; compare Ebeling, KAR 25, iii 27-33, KAR 68, obv. 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 ...

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