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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More Sumerian Mythological Exploits

There's been quite a few Sumerian myths to go through, so this article I'm going to play a little catch-up, so if this feels more like a Sumery (sorry, couldn't resist) than a critique, don't be surprised. On the bright side, unlike with all the praise poetry, a lot of them feel more like proper …

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More on the Exploits, Carnal and Otherwise, of Sumerian Gods

Been busy, but I'm still at it, this time looking at a few more myths related to the exploits of Inanna and friends. There was a ton written about Inanna it seems, as she likes to mess people up, sometimes justifiably, but not very often. The one example I've seen so far of her being …

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The Sumerian Love Goddess is a Harsh Mistress

I've been reading a number of other Sumerian myths this week. Particularly but not limited to Inanna (Seriously, what are we going to do with this tart?) Between sending Enkidu to his death after Gilgamesh did her a favor in an alternate addition to his mythos titled "The Huluppu Tree", tricking her father Enki into …

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When Gilgamesh Grew Up (The Epic of Gilgamesh)

So now that I've read through translations of the Epic of Gilgamesh for the third time, and for the first time on my own, it's still awesome. Granted, it's still a bunch of tablet fragments from who knows how many city-states in the fertile crescent, but even so, it tells an epic and tragic tale …

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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 ‘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 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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