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Babylonian tablet carried fake Flood news?

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Eldorado

"The art of tricking readers into misinterpreting language can now be dated back some 3,000 years after new research into a Babylonian version of the story of Noah’s Ark.

"A study of a clay tablet discovered in the 19th century in present-day Iraq has found its writers deployed a pre-historic version of “fake news” by providing multiple meanings of the same words when telling the story of a flood."

Full monty at iNews UK: https://inews.co.uk/news/world/noah-ark-artefact-fake-news-egyptians-1324193

And at the UK Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/25/first-fake-news-inspired-noah-build-ark-original-babylonian/

At Cambridge Uni: https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/trickster-god-used-fake-news-in-babylonian-noah-story

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Essan

Hmmm, I interpret that a little differently: the person who wrote the Gilgamsh epic used clever wordplay - which would have been understood by his audience.

Makes me question how much was based on a real event after all.  Though I still think the author may have had some experience of a tropical cyclone making landfall.  

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