Texts of the Ancient Near East The cultures of the ancient Near East, namely, the civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia, produced some of the finest works of literature the world has ever seen. "Texts of the Ancient Near East" brings together many of those works into one primary source reader, including the seminal myths, legal treatises, and epics of these ancient and venerable civilizations. In this book, you'll find: The Atrahasis Epic. The Epic of Gilgamesh. The Enuma Elish. The Myth of Isis and Osiris. And selections from the wisdom literature of the ancient Near East. We hope you will enjoy this selection of writings from the civilizations that invented writing.