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Agriculture and Irrigation Irrigation/Flood Control Canals Dikes Weirs Reservoirs Channels Sewer systems
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Mesopotamia: Water and Mythology     The Great Flood (Sumerian, Babylonian, Akkadian)
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Enki Sumerian deity of Water (lord of the watery abyss) water Symbols: goat, fish
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The Sumerian myth of Ziusudra tells how the god  Enki warns Ziusudra, a provincial king, of the  gods' decision to destroy mankind in a flood.  Enki instructs Ziusudra to build a large boat - the 
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Unformatted text preview: text describing the instructions is lost. Sumerian Flood Myth Circa 2900 BCE Sargon 2334 BC “My mother who was poor secretly gave birth to me; she placed me in a basket of reeds, she shut up the mouth of it with bitumen, she abandoned me to the river which did not overwhelm me. The river bore me away and brought me to Akki the irrigator.” First Consolidated Empire Sumerian Akkadian Empire...
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