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The Babylonian Story of the Deluge and the Epic of Gilgamish

Subjects: Ancient Near East

The Babylonian Story of the Deluge and the Epic of Gilgamish By E. A. Wallis Budge

The Babylonian Story of the Deluge and the Epic of Gilgamish

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Pages: 44

Publication Date: 1929

Illustrations: No

This is the earliest known telling of the great flood and pre-dates any Christian reference to the flood (Noah) by thousands of years.


Whilst the workmen were clearing out the Chamber of the Lion Hunt they came across several heaps of inscribed baked clay tablets of "all shapes and sizes," which resembled in general appearance the tablets that Layard had found in the South West Palace the year before. There were no remains with them, or near them, that suggested they had been arranged systematically and stored in the Chamber of the Lion Hunt, and it seems as if they had been brought there from another place and thrown down hastily, for nearly all of them were broken into small pieces.

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Ernest Alfred Wallis Budge

Sir Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge (27 July 1857 – 23 November 1934) was an English Egyptologist, Orientalist, and philologist who worked for the British Museum and published numerous works on the ancient Near East. Born in 1857 in Bodmin, Cornwall, he became interested in languages before he was ten years old, but left school at the age of twelve in 1869 to work as a clerk at the retail firm of W.H. Smith. In his spare time, he studied Hebrew and Syriac. He became interested in learning the ancient Assyrian language in 1872, when he also began to spend time in the British Museum. He entered the British Museum in 1883 in the recently renamed Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities. Initially appointed to the Assyrian section, he soon transferred to the Egyptian section. Between 1886 and 1891, he was deputed by the British Museum to investigate why cuneiform tablets from British Museum sites in Iraq, which were to be guarded by local agents of the Museum, were showing up in the collections of London antiquities dealers. He also travelled to Istanbul during these years to obtain a permit from the Ottoman Empire government to reopen the Museum's excavations at these Iraqi sites. He was also interested in the paranormal, and believed in spirits and hauntings. He had a number of friends in the Ghost Club (British Library, Manuscript Collections, Ghost Club Archives), a group in London committed to the study of alternative religions and the spirit world. He told his many friends stories of hauntings and other uncanny experiences. Budge's works on Egyptian religion have remained consistently in print since they entered the public domain. He retired from the British Museum in 1924, and lived until 1934.



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