MAN'S GOLDEN AGE
This tablet (29.16.422 in the Nippur collection of the University Museum) is one of the unpublished pieces belonging to the Sumerian epic poem whose hero Enmerkar ruled in the city of Ereck sometime during the fourth millennium BC. The passage enclosed by the black line describes the blissful and unrivalled state of man in an era of universal peace before he had learned to know fear and before the "confusion of tongues"; its contents, which are very reminiscent of Genesis XI:1, read as follows:
days there was no snake, there was no scorpion, there was
days the land Shubur (East), the place of plenty, of righteous
From Sumerian Mythology by Samuel Noah Kramer.