Courtesy of the Schøyen Collection

This tablet, part of the Gilgamesh epic, lists the cities and dynasties from before the flood—a total of eight kings ruling for a total of 222,600 years. The list of ten patriarchs from Adam to Noah recorded in Genesis 5 may be based on the Babylonian account, although the time between creation and the flood is much shorter, according to the Bible—just 1,656 years.