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Since the main version of the epic of creation is the Babylonian, Marduk occupies the role of Creator.

(In the Assyrian version, Ashur is important.) Tiamat, who had embarked on a course of destruction, was slain by Marduk, who cut her in two and used her carcass to create the universe.

King Keret, whose epic was found at Ugarit, claimed to be the son of El, the head of the pantheon, and of Asherah, El’s wife.

They have had an enduring influence on Western civilization.

A ziggurat excavated at Babylon illustrates the form of the biblical Tower of Babel.

The prototype of the biblical story of the Hittites, are, because of archaeological discoveries, now recognized as a major power of antiquity with a rich legacy of religious texts, especially rituals.

In some versions of the myth of Theseus, the Attic hero who succeeded his father Aegeus as king of Athens, his mother, Aethra, was impregnated by the sea god Poseidon while Aegeus slept.

In this regard the birth and station of Christ differ only in that Mary was a virgin when she was divinely impregnated.