Epic of Gilgamesh
The Epic of Gilgamesh is a Sumerian tale that was preserved on stone and clay tablets for thousands of years. The text of Gilgamesh's epic is on 12 incomplete Akkadian-language tablets, found at a destroyed library of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal in Nineveh. (Reigned 668-627 BC)
The tablets are dated from 2500 to 2000 B.C.
The poem tells the story of Gilgamesh, the great sixth king of Uruk, a city in Mesopotamia, and his (perhaps fictional) quest for glory and immortal life. One of the more notable stories describes a world wide flood with great similarities to the Genesis account with Noah. The chronicles are from the ancient lands of Sumeria, and, according to Sumerian records, would have taken place about 2650 B.C.