Baal Cycle Tablets

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Emma Groeneveld
by Mbzt
published on 02 November 2018

Clay tablets engraved with cuneiform script preserving the Ugaritic poem known as the Baal Cycle, a story featuring gods from Canaanite-Phoenician religion. The Baal Cycle tells the story of the sea god Yamm's conflict with the fertility god Baal, his defeat, and Baal’s supremacy over chaos and death. The tablets containing the Baal Cycle were unearthed in the excavation of Ugarit (in modern-day Syria) following the ancient city’s discovery in 1928 CE. These tablets date to c. 1500 BCE but are thought to have been a written record of a much older story passed down by oral transmission.

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