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Gilgamesh flood tablet: A 2,600-year-old text that's eerily similar to the story of Noah's Ark


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Also known as the 11th tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh, this fragment of a baked clay tablet contains cuneiform inscriptions describing an epic flood that swept through Babylon. It is considered one of the oldest pieces of literature in the world. 

Where it was found: Nineveh (also known as Kouyunjik), an ancient Assyrian city in Upper Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq).
 
The Epic of Gilgamesh may date to as early as the third millennium B.C., but this particular tablet dates to the seventh century B.C.
 
 
You can read an English translation of the 11th tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh online.
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Because the Hebrews adopted that legend during the Babylonian captivity and put their own spin on it.

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