By Shlomo Izre'El

The scholarly global first turned conscious of the parable of Adapa and the South Wind whilst it used to be stumbled on on a capsule from the El-Amarna archive in 1887. we've at our disposal six fragments of the parable. the biggest and most crucial fragment, from Amarna, is dated to the 14th century B.C.E. This fragment of the Adapa delusion has red-tinted issues utilized at the pill at particular periods. Izre'el attracts awareness to a couple of those issues that have been ignored in earlier courses by means of Knudtzon and Schroeder. 5 different fragments have been a part of the Assurbanipal library and are consultant of this fable because it used to be identified in Assyria approximately seven centuries later.

The discovery of the parable of Adapa and the South Wind instantly attracted huge cognizance. Its ideology and its correspondence to the highbrow history of Western religions triggered flourishing reviews of this fantasy, either philological and important. Many translations have seemed prior to now century, laying off mild on a number of features of the parable and its characters. Izre'el unveils the parable of Adapa and the South Wind as mythos, as tale. to do that, he analyzes the underlying options via huge therapy of shape. He bargains an version of the extant fragments of the parable, together with the transliterated Akkadian textual content, a translation, and a philological statement. The research of poetic shape that follows ends up in realizing the parable as a section of literature and to uncovering its meanings. This examine hence marks a brand new part within the lengthy, huge examine into this Mesopotamian fable.

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62). [1915: 42 42 n. 22 cited by structure in in the the respective texts texts (see (seep. 62). ) Judging Judging from from the similarities between Fragments Band B and C C (see (see pp. 34-36 34-36 above), one may conclude that they basically shared a similar primitive narrative above), (cf. Komoroczy Komor6czy I964: 1964: 38). Fragment A, A, constituting the introduction to the myth, manifests 111-14), and its comcommanifests a sophisticated literary structure (see (see pp. II1-14), position must be regarded as as essentially distinct from from the composition of the other fragments.

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