judge 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.
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.