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

By Benjamin R. Foster

2-volume set. includes annotated translations of over three hundred Babylonian and Assyrian literary compositions. between those works are compositions another way unavailable in English, formerly unpublished, or incorporating newly found fragments.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 pupil; 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 negative 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 girl useless in Childbirth; Incantations opposed to affliction; Acrostic Hymn to Marduk; Prayers for Kings and Gods.

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From of old there has been acceptance [ 1, Vitality, obedience, and revival Care yours (to grant)>,* Yours is to dissolve bondage, anger, fury, and scheming. Accept the speech of him who* has invoked you, dignifjr [his] speech, Accept the speech of [so-and-so], who has invoked you, dignifjr his speech! (5) (10) Texl: Pinches, IV R2I 4 no. 2 = Haupt, ASKT 9, rev. 6-29 (bilingual,translation follows Akkadian); Gurney, OECT I I 40. Edition: Reiner, S u p , 53 lines 6-29. Translation: Seux, Hymnes, 251-252.

Text: Campbell Thompson, C T 16 7, 8 , 260-297. Edition: Campbell Thompson, Devils I , 26-29. Translation: Seux, Hymnes, 239-240. *Notes to Text: ( I ) Seux, Hymnes, 239 note 2. (16) Seux, Hymnes, 240 note May [ I not [ May nothing evil, nothing bad reach me, Nor any actions of sorcerer or sorceress. 0 Ea, thanks to your life-giving spell, may everything evil, everything bad retreat, 1 9 Temple o f Enki/Ea in Eridu. 14b. 3. Byname for temple o f Enki/Ea in Eridu. 4. Ziggurat o f temple o f Enki/Ea in Eridu.

281. (70) Restored from R m IV 177, unpublished duplicate quoted CAD A/I, 5 3 b (71) Lambert, JSS 27 (1982), 285 (unpublished duplicate). (72) von Soden, ZA 67 (1977). 281. (74) Restored from BM 35077, unpublished duplicate quoted CAD A/2, 1 ~ 3 (75) a Seux, Hymnes, 56 note 47. (96) For opinions on this line, see Seux, Hymnes, 57 note 54; AHw, 1221b. (I IS) Literally: "asked about," see Lambert, BWL, 321; reading here ii'al; see also Seux, Hymnes, 58 notes 61, 62; Moran, Studies Tadmor, 329-330.

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