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Legend of the Hero Etana Inscription


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 13 October 2014
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This is the 4th tablet of the story of Etana, which tells us how Etana was carried to Heaven on the back of an eagle. Etana did this long journey in order to find the plant of birth. He was a Sumerian king of Kish. This story is one of the few mythological motifs that can be recognized with confidence in the Mesopotamian art.

Neo-Assyrian period, 7th century BCE. From the library of Ashurbanipal at Nineveh (modern Ninawa Governorate, Iraq), northern Mesopotamia. (The British Museum).

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About the Author

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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