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Gilgamesh and Akka (1.171)
(1,608 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Sumerian Canonical Compositions; Royal Focus; Epic


The short narrative describes a conflict between two Mesopotamian cities Kish and Uruk. Akka, the ruler of Kish, demanded of the Urukeans to dig wells. Gilgamesh, Akka’s dependent lord of Uruk, determined to rebel, ignored the advice of Uruk’s assembly of elders and, with the support of his army, freed Uruk from the dominance of Kish and established him…

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Katz, Dina, “Gilgamesh and Akka (1.171)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 29 November 2021 <>

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