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19 lines 19—20 appear, in slightly different form, in the Gilgamesh Epic Tablet VI lines 97-100, as do lines 106—108 o f the same text in the Gilgamesh Epic Tablet VII lines 80—84, altered and expanded. Likewise, The Descent o f Ishtar lines 4 -10 are found, altered and expanded, in Nergal and Ereshkigal. 20, Late Version ii—hi. Because o f the long, complex history o f the Descent o f Ishtar story, one may opine that it was the source o f these passages, whether they are to be read as reuse o f stock material or as Hterary allusions.
Perhaps most characteristic o f the creativity o f the Mature period o f Akkadian literature (Chapter III) were large, composite compositions, which, despite their varied source material, emerged with a unity o f theme and intent that made the whole greater than the sum o f the parts. 32). The creativity o f this period was marked by great experimentation with language. This included use o f rare, dialectal, and scholarly words, elaborate and intricate metaphors, refinements o f parallelism, and academic Sumerian loanwords.
3. This is the central thesis o f KlotchkofFs KuVtura (p. 26 note i), which I have adopted here in its essentials. 4. F. Rochberg-Halton, “ Fate and Divination in Mesopotamia,” C R R A I 28 (1981), 3 6 3-3 7 1; J. N. Lawson, The Concept of Fate in Ancient Mesopotamia of the First Millennium, Orientalia Biblica et Christiana 7 (1994). 5. H. Tadmor, “ History and Ideology in the Assyrian Royal Inscriptions,” O A C 17 (1981), 14 21; Iraq 35 (1973), H36. Klotchkoff, KuVtura (p. 26 note i), 28-30. 28 General Introduction were divided into watches composed o f “ double hours,” three o f the night and three o f the day/ Babylonian thought correlated time and space, in that units o f time also served as units o f distance, distance being expressed in terms o f the time elapsed in mak ing normal progress from one point to another/ Some authors were concerned with the relationship between narrative and event, and so experimented with narrative time.
Before The Muses: An Anthology Of Akkadian Literature by Benjamin R. Foster