A literary topos of abundance: Two emesal prayers to enki

Uri Gabbay*, Sam Mirelman, Nicholas Reid

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This study analyses a literary topos concerning the abundance of natural phenomena, including fresh water, reed beds and fish. The standardised sequence listing such abundant natural features occurs in two previously unpublished tablets containing Emesal prayers concerning the god Enki, published in this article. The Old Babylonian tablet, of unknown provenance, attests to a unique composition. The tablet from Late Babylonian Ur, which is partially paralleled by a previously known manuscript, includes performative indications.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)25-36
Number of pages12
JournalZeitschrift fur Assyriologie und Vorderasiastische Archaeologie
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2020

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