Tale of Aqhat

The Tale of Aqhat Tablets

The high priest at Ugarit wrote down The Tale of Aqhat and is believed to have been created around 1350 BCE. Aqhat's Tale or Epic is a Canaanite myth that originated in Ugarit, an ancient city in what is now Syria. The Legend of Keret and the Baal Cycle, the other two longest manuscripts discovered at Ugarit, are shorter than this one.

Although the entire story has not been preserved, David Wright estimates that "approximately 650 poetic lines" still exist from it, with the majority of its material focusing on "ritual performances or their contexts." The story's opening and conclusion are absent from the three clay tablets that contain the story's fragments. These tablets were found in the years 1930 and 1931.