Some study things ... and others do it! Hope the quest works out for you Erol. I found it ironic in the Gilgamesh Epic, that the hero turns down the conventional means of achieving immortality, that is, continuing his kingly line through the goddess Ishtar. Instead, he goes off on a search for the "fountain of youth." Reminds me of a quote I heard by Woody Allen - "I want to achieve immortality by not dying."
I picked up my copy of Sitchin's "The 12th Planet" last night and read some of his ideas again about the Sumerian King List. He makes a good point that all of the year lengths of the first eight kings are integer multiples of 3,600. He also cites other Sumerian records that include two additional kings of Larsa, making a grand total of 10 pre-Diluvial kings and over 400,000 years.
Sitchin also makes the point that these cities were not built one-at-a-time with one abandoned and another occupied. They were built more-or-less at the same time and with a some common purpose in mind. He also notes that from the perspective of the hypothetical rogue planet Nibiru ("Planet X"), a thousand Earth years is effectively less than one year (but more than a day, as in the Biblical verse).
It's definitely an interesting theory, but I don't know how far one can go with interpreting ancient inscriptions using modern space program lingo. Still, I have to say, Sitchin is awesome, what an intellect! Who would even have heard about Enki, Enlil, and Anu if it were not for Sitchin?
I've been reading another speculative book called "When the Gods Came Down" by Alan Alford. I would subtitle this book, "Meteorites, Damn it, Meterorites!". To Alford, everything is a meterorite. All the gods, Patriarchs, etc. I don't want to discount the importance of meterorite strikes, but this is taking an idea way too far in my opinion. Still, there is some great scholarship in this book. It has been a stimulating read.
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