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Defining The Bounds Of The Akkadian Huwawa Narrative

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Having observed contrasts in the characterization of Enkidu across the Penn and Yale tablets, the entire body of OB Gilgamesh material must be reevaluated to decide what originated with the prior narrative and what reflects the extended epic. In this section of our study, we elaborate the main elements necessary to define a freestanding Akkadian Huwawa narrative. To this end, we begin by identifying features of the Sippar text that share the distinct voice and perspective found in Penn. The ten Huwawa-related texts then become the basis for reconstructing the outlines of an Akkadian Huwawa account. In the Akkadian narrative, Enkidu's origins are moved to the steppe, a radical transformation with associations that ripple through the Huwawa tale. In this chapter, we evaluate how the Akkadian Huwawa tale evolved from and interacted with its Sumerian predecessor, which continued to be learned and copied even after composition of the Akkadian epic.

Keywords: Akkadian Huwawa; Enkidu; Penn; Sumerian; Yale tablets



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