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Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet from Hattusa


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 17 September 2019
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The cuneiform inscription on this clay tablet (VAT 12890) narrates part of the Epic of Gilgamesh (written c. 2150 - 1400 BCE). The obverse of this tablet relates the second dream of Gilgamesh on the journey to the Forest of Cedar, and part of the text of this passage has already been interpolated into the standard version of the epic at Tablet IV 55. The reverse holds a badly corrupted version of the episode of Ishtar and the Bull of Heaven. From Hattusa, in modern-day Turkey. 13th century BCE. It is on display at the Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany, Exhibition of "Cinderella, Sindbad & Sinuhe, Arab-German Storytelling Traditions".

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.


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