ARCHAIC TABLET 8383 FROM THE
SUMERIAN NIPPUR LIBRARY
from the script, the Nippur cylinder illustrated on this plate
(8383 in the Nippur collection of the University Museum) may
date as early as 2500 BC. Although copied and published by the
late George Barton as early as 1918, its contents, which centre
about the Sumerian air-god Enhil and the goddess Ninhursag,
are still largely unintelligible. Nevertheless, much that was
unknown or misunderstood at the time of its publication is now
gradually becoming clarified, and there is good reason to hope
that the not too distant future will see the better part of
its contents ready for translation.
Mythology by Samuel Noah Kramer.
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