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Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta (1.170)
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Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Sumerian Canonical Compositions; Royal Focus; Epic


The story of Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta begins in legendary times, before many of the inventions of civilization — such as written communication by letter. Enmerkar ruled in Uruk as “priest-king” (en), and was the human husband of Inanna, with whom he united yearly in the rite of the sacred marriage. The lord of Aratta ruled in the fabled city of Aratta which lay in the mountains …

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Jacobsen, Thorkild, “Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta (1.170)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 04 December 2021 <>

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