Ancient Flood Legends and Stories from Around the World

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Kelly Macquire
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published on 11 July 2021
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Although the biblical story of Noah’s Ark is the best known, numerous cultures all around the globe and throughout history have developed their own versions of the flood myth, with the oldest one being the Eridu Genesis, also known as the Sumerian Flood myth from Mesopotamia. It is thought that this particular flood myth influenced the others in the Mesopotamian region, including the Gilgamesh flood myth, and the Genesis flood myth found in the Hebrew Bible/ Christian Old Testament (you may already be familiar with the story of Noah and his ark). This video is going to have a look at the Eridu Genesis and the Genesis flood myth as well as flood myths from Ancient Greece, Ancient China, and the Maya of Mesoamerica. These myths all emphasise the cultural value of gratitude, respect for one's origins and past, and the necessity for humility and reverence before one's gods.

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The music used in this recording is the intellectual copyright of Michael Levy, a prolific composer for the recreated lyres of antiquity, and used with the creator's permission. Michael Levy's music is available to stream at all the major digital music platforms. Find out more on:
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Sotheby's Paris, 23 Juni 2011 Lot 30 / Simone de Myle
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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has recently completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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Macquire, K. (2021, July 11). Ancient Flood Legends and Stories from Around the World. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2597/ancient-flood-legends-and-stories-from-around-the/

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Macquire, Kelly. "Ancient Flood Legends and Stories from Around the World." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified July 11, 2021. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2597/ancient-flood-legends-and-stories-from-around-the/.

MLA Style

Macquire, Kelly. "Ancient Flood Legends and Stories from Around the World." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 11 Jul 2021. Web. 21 Sep 2021.