Treasures of Darkness                 ch. 6:                               Enuma Elish.
The Babylonian Enuma Elish  a story that took shape in the centuries after Hammurabi
 (ca. 1750) but clearly prefigured in the prologue to his Code (p.188). 
[Click here for Sandars' translation]
As preface to Jacobsen's synopsis of the EE,  consider the following fragment from a much
 older Sumerian story of creation (preserved in the Gilgamesh saga):
After heaven had been moved away from earth,
After earth had been separated from heaven,
After the name of man had been fixed;
After An had carried off heaven,
After Enlil carried off Earth
After Ereshkigal had been carried to Kur as its prize;
After he had set sail, after he had set sail,
After the father for Kur had set sail, 
After Enki for Kur had set sail;
Against the king the small ones [Kur] hurled,
Against Enki, the large ones it hurled;
...stones of the hand ...stones of [the river bed?]
The keel of the boat of Enki,
In battle, like attacking storm, o'erwhelm... 
As you read Jacobsen's ch. 6, bear in mind the older story and consider these questions:
1) What geological model suggested the formation of primal characters:
Lahmu & Lahamu      .... Anshar &  Kishar                    
2) Identify key characters:         
Apsu & Tiamat
An(u)  &  Nudimmud (=Ea/Enki)                                    
Mummu & Kingu
...Who is left out (from the Sumerian pantheon) and why?
3) Outline the plot: what causes of conflict, and how was each battle decided?
4) Summarize Jacobsen's interpretation of the poem as a political progression.
.....How is this idea foreshadowed in Hammurabi's prologue?
5) Jacobsen suggests that EE   softens the parricide theme. How so?