Prelude to the Epic of Gilgamesh

So I've hit a major milestone in my reading of Ancient Literature, in that I've cracked open the Epic of Gilgamesh. I haven't really started on the text proper because I'm reading the Penguin classics edition, and there are copious notes at the beginning about how the tablets were found, and some of the context …

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A ‘Tummal’tuous history and the Redemption of Etana

I got a lot of reading done this week because I was looking at a lot of short pieces, and two of those were 'The History of the Tummal' and the Myths of Etana. 'The History of the Tummal,' another tidbit from the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature is a very very short piece, …

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A Stele Listing Virtues and an Egyptian Castaway.

Back to Egypt today, obviously, and my reading catalog consists of the inscriptions on a stele belonging to one 'Intef, son of Sent' who was believed to have been alive during the Middle Kingdom reign of Sesostris I (also known as Senusret I, and his reign is believed to be from 1908 to 1875 BC), …

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In Which it is Learned That Sumerian Kings Thought Very Highly of Themselves Part III (Sumerian Praise Poetry)

I got a little tired of having a bunch of posts with the same title, so I went ahead and finished what I was reading. I went through about three other dynasties in the Sumerian/Akkadian/Babylonian citystates, all the way up to contemporaries of Hammurabi. (I was beginning to wonder when he'd show up.) The trend …

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In Which it is Learned That Sumerian Kings Thought Very Highly of Themselves Part II (Sumerian Praise Poetry)

King Shulgi and his kin continue to entertain as I've read through most of his stuff, his son's and onward into the next dynasty. A lot of it continues to be the same material. Praising gods, talking about how awesome the king is and how successfully he was at smiting his enemies, but there have …

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