The Mysteries, Myths, and Legal Texts of the ANE. Oh, and a Grenade Launcher.

This is not a post about philosophy, theology, economics, or a critique of culture. I probably have too much built up in my system and need to write a post about something a little more theory oriented; however, I took some great pictures while at the British Museum and have to share them. Because this blog loosely circulates issues with religion, it is still on topic, though.

Some of you may be interested in archaeology, textual traditions, and the ancient near east. If so, these pictures will certainly be a treat for you. While my training isn’t near expert level, I did take several classes in which we read ancient near eastern creation myths, flood myths, and legal texts. Seeing some of these in person was a great experience.

Plus, while the British Museum is famously crowded because it is free and full of amazing artifacts, almost no one seemed to care about the sections these were housed in. While that’s a bit saddening, it did make for a much more relaxing time in the museum!

A minor god from Nineveh.

A minor god from Nineveh.

Contains sixty lines from the Babylonian Story of the Flood.

Contains sixty lines from the Babylonian Story of the Flood.

A section of the Code of Hammurabi!

A section of the Code of Hammurabi!

Several disconnected tablets. Some building inscriptions, temple accounts, and other stuff.

Several disconnected tablets. Some building inscriptions, temple accounts, and other stuff.

Other various tablets.

Other various tablets.

Babylonian plans, drawings and measurings of a ziggurat dedicated to Ashur, and an incantation tablet.

Babylonian plans, drawings and measurings of a ziggurat dedicated to Ashur, and an incantation tablet.

A section of the Gilgamesh Epic!

A section of the Gilgamesh Epic!

Furthest to the left is a section detailing Marduk's appointment after defeating Tiamat. Far right is a section detailing Ishtar's descent into the underworld.

Furthest to the left is a section detailing Marduk’s appointment after defeating Tiamat.
Far right is a section detailing Ishtar’s descent into the underworld.

This a fragment depicting Teshub, the sotrm god.

This a fragment depicting Teshub, the sotrm god.

The Standard of Ur, depicting various animals  being brought by laborers to a banquet.

The Standard of Ur, depicting various animals being brought by laborers to a banquet.

Hopefully you enjoyed these pics despite the cellphone quality!

P.S. I also saw a 15th century grenade launcher 🙂

Yeah, this is a fifteenth century grenade launcher. Yes, you did read that correctly. Grenade Launcher.

Yeah, this is a fifteenth century grenade launcher. Yes, you did read that correctly. Grenade Launcher.