The Earliest End Of The World Prophecy?

As the year 2012 approaches, everyone from niche blogs to mainstream media talk about the end of the world theories. Everyone goes on about Maya, Nostradamus etc. However, what is the oldest “end of the world prophecy”?



And the oldest end of the world prophecy is…

As I already wrote a while back, in the The Lists Of The “End Of The World” Dates, the oldest apocalyptic prophecy in all lists on the net is the one quoted in the “Isaac Asimov’s Book of Facts”.
As in many similar cases, everybody on the net is just quoting people who quote someone else. And as usual, here comes the to establish facts in what has become an urban myth.
On the photo above you can see the page 35 of the “Ancient Peoples” chapter of the “Isaac Asimov’s Book of Facts”.
The paragraph in question reads:

A tablet from ancient Assyria, about 2800 B.C. has been found that states: “Our earth is degenerate in these latter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end. Bribery and corruption are common.” More than 2,000 years later, Socrates complained “Children are now tyrants…. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize over their teachers.” And Plato wrote of his students: “What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, the disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?”

Well, right there we have a bit of a problem.
There doesn’t seem to be any preserved work by Socrates with that quote about “Children are now tyrants…” in it. That quote was attributed to Socrates by Plato, according to William L. Patty and Louise S. Johnson in their book “Personality and Adjustment” p. 277 .
The book is quoting Plato who claims that he quotes Socrates. But that quote from Plato is also wrong. The closest to it, but still far from exact quote, is the Discussion in the Plato’s “Republic” ( ) which makes the whole above stuff supposedly from Plato and Socrates a misquote.
Now, the question is, since two thirds of the paragraph from “Isaac Asimov’s Book of Facts”is a misquote, what if this supposed “tablet from ancient Assyria, about 2800 B.C” with the end of the world prophecy is also just a misquote?

Let’s hunt the facts

There aren’t many 5,000 year old tablets from ancient Assyria preserved. I am sure someone out there knows how many of those exists now and if any actually says something about the end of the world.
If anyone knows anything more about such tablet and where we can find out more about it – please hit the contact button on the left side of the page.


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