Egyptian Complainers and Expatriates

We're taking a break from Sumeria this week (and maybe for a little while, since I'm waiting on a library book, and might be drawing from my own library of more contemporary works until I hear that I can pick it up) to spend some time back in Middle Kingdom Ancient Egypt. In particular, I …

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

This week I went back to the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature to look at their entry on praise poetry. This is a little different from my regular entries because it's a little less clear exactly when a lot of these were written, and there's quite a bit to read, perhaps unsurprisingly. A lot …

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John Locke’s 2nd Treatise of Government, Part IV

I finally finished the 2nd Treatise, and really I wasn't that far from being finished, as there was just one chapter left, and that was the chapter on when it is okay to dissolve government, and it was a really interesting chapter. Mainly because even though Locke approached the subject with an abundance of caution, …

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John Locke’s 2nd Treatise of Government, Part III

As I'm getting further into the book, we're talking more about how governments should be framed and their purpose. Naturally, according to Locke, the purpose of government is to protect the rights of those who have agreed to live under that government. He discusses how monarchies formed as well as how commonwealths work, and what, …

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John Locke’s 2nd Treatise of Government Part II

I didn't get a ton of reading done this week, but I made it through two more chapters of John Locke's Second Treatise and we're getting into more ideas that contrast with what he was critiquing in Sir Filmer's Patriarcha. These two chapters covered what rights a parent does have over their children, and the …

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John Locke’s 2nd Treatise of Government Part I

This week I finally got to start John Locke's 2nd Treatise and so far, I am not disappointed. I've also learned a couple more things, such as where the Natural Law framework originates. Turns out it wasn't with Locke initially, but with a theologian names Richard Hooker. I'll need to look him up sometime too, …

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