I love how demanding Old Babylonian epistolarians can sound. Sometimes, their letters read like angry interoffice emails.
Take lines 4-14:“Concerning the giving of Iataratim’s ration, verily I wrote to you. Why have you not given (it)? When will you give Iataratum’s ration? Give (it)! If you do not give (it)…”
The missing cuneiform in this image for lines 12-3 reads i-na ma-ti ta-na-di-in/ i-di-in.
Two more books for my collection. Probably the last two for while. I keep buying but I only read like the half of them. XD
~Inanna. Lady of Largest Heart. Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna - Betty De Shing Meador.
~Sumerian Hymnd from Cuneiform text in the British Museum (1908) - Frederick Augustus Vanderburgh. This book’s title is a bit misleading. Because you get to page four of the book it states the hymns come from Babylonian tablets, not Sumerian ones. The hymns are to Bel Sin, Adad and Tammuz.
Seriously, are there really only so few entries that have anything to do with Akkadian on WordPress?
At first I wanted to blame the Topics search only taking Categories into account, but they do include tags for searching.
A clay cuneiform tablet with a most outstanding theory in geometry, similar to that of Euclid but some 1700 years earlier, from Shaduppum (Tell Harmal); mid-2nd millenium B.C
“This is a votive relief of Ur-Nanshe, the first known king of Lagash. According to an ancient literary text called the “Sumerian King List,” Ur-Nanshe was the first ruler in Lagash to call himself lugal ‘king’ rather than ensi. He is depicted twice on the relief: on the top register he carries a bowl of bricks on his head, one of the earliest examples of a typical portrayal of the ruler as participating in temple building. On the bottom register he is shown seated presiding over a ceremony inaugurating the temple that has just been built. In both depictions, Ur-Nanshe is bald with no headgear and wears a tufted woolen skirt, and is flanked by family members and functionaries.”
We know we’re not the only ones out there with Mesopotamia on the brain and a wealth of information about it to pass on to you, from and through the internet.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon by Harry Green
“This, the eleventh tablet of the Epic, describes the meeting of Gilgamesh with Utnapishtim. Like Noah in the Hebrew Bible, Utnapishtim had been forewarned of a plan by the gods to send a great flood. He built a boat and loaded it with all his precious possessions, his kith and kin, domesticated and wild animals and skilled craftsmen of every kind.
Utnapishtim survived the flood for six days while mankind was destroyed, before landing on a mountain called Nimush. He released a dove and a swallow but they did not find dry land to rest on, and returned. Finally a raven that he released did not return, showing that the waters must have receded.
This Assyrian version of the Old Testament flood story was identified in 1872 by George Smith, an assistant in The British Museum.”