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  • Between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates lies the rich alluvial land of Mesopotamia (now in modern Iraq), which supported a complex and prosperous urban society over 4000 years ago. The deities and heroes who figure in the stories translated here are all of ancient Mesopotamia, and many of the original clay tablets, on which the stories were found inscribed in cuneiform, were discovered there. This volume presents new translations of the main myths and epics written in Akkadian, including creation myths and the epic of Gilgamesh. Introductions are provided to each item, giving the source and date of the text and notes to guide the reader.