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From Sumerian To Akkadian: Major Innovations In The Akkadian Huwawa Tale

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The initial Akkadian composition began as a variant of one Sumerian story, that of Gilgamesh and Huwawa. This chapter begins by examining the major changes made in creating an Akkadian Huwawa narrative from the Sumerian Huwawa tale. Comparison of the Sumerian versions A and B suggests that B preserves an older, simpler rendition of that composition, one that shows no awareness of the contents of the Akkadian story. The chapter therefore works first of all from version B, with focus on the specific features that reflect these changes. Because version A displays many more continuities with the Akkadian Huwawa narrative, and then undertakes a fresh comparison in order to evaluate the possible influence of the Akkadian on this contemporary Sumerian rendition. One of the most significant changes introduced by the Akkadian author was the relocation of Enkidu from Uruk to the steppe.

Keywords: Akkadian Huwawa Tale; Enkidu's relocation; Sumerian tradition



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