History Begins at Sumer has ratings and 33 reviews. Yann said: Dans ce livre, Samuel Noah Kramer met les écrits sumériens à l’honneur, plus qu’il ne. History Begins at Sumer. ThirtyNine Firsts in Recorded History. Samuel Noah Kramer. University of Pennsylvania Press. Philadelphia. Read the full-text online edition of History Begins at Sumer: Thirty-Nine Firsts in Recorded History ().
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The Ummaites and their allies were under the command of Ur- Lumma himself, while the Lagashites were led by Entemena, since his father, Enannatum, must have been an old man at the time. There it lay, a sun-baked tablet, light brown in color, hisgory by 10 centimeters in size. Until recently this was assumed a priori to be the state of affairs, but in a Gennan cuneiformist, Nikolaus Schneider, ingeniously proved it from actual contemporary sources.
However, in the course of its growth reclrded development, and particularly as a result of the ever widening curriculum, the school came to be the center of culture and learning in Sumer.
The story thirty-nkne the struggle between Erech and Kish is told in the fonn of a Sumerian epic poem whose chief characters are Agga, the last mler of the first dynasty of Kish, and Gilgamesh, the king of Erech and “lordofKullab. Each of the columns contains about forty- five small mled spaces, less than half of which are legible.
While it is true that the majority of graduates from the Sumerian schools became scribes ihstory the service of the temple and palace, and among the rich and powerful of the land, there were some who devoted their lives to teaching and learning. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
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Very interesting read so far, but what just crossed my mind historu reading was, how accurate is this information and how much can we trust it, before i indulge myself anymore. Like the university professor of today, many of these ancient scholars depended on their teaching salaries for their livelihood, and devoted themselves to research and writing in their spare time.
The book presents a cross section of the Sumerian “firsts” in all the major fields of human endeavor, Which civilization had the first system of law?
Amazing how so many things began at Sumer: In the course of these years, scores of scholars have made innumerable contributions which the present-day cuneifonnist utilizes and builds on, consciously and unconsciously.
Urukagina and his refonns were soon “gone with the wind. The survivors come to land and go into a town where they have to rebuild their lives in a new area. One of them seems to involve a trial by water ordeal; another seems to treat of the return of a slave to his master.
Even death brought no relief from levies and taxes. Under the impact of war, these rulers met with little opposition. In order to set the event in its proper historical perspective, the archivist deemed it advisable to describe its political background.
Mar 28, Seelochan Beharry rated it it was amazing. The herald, after traversing seven mountains, arrives at Aratta, duly repeats his master’s words to its lord, and asks for his answer.
These translations, together with a number of suggestions by Benno Landsberger, formerly of Leipzig and Ankara and now of the Oriental Institute of the University skmer Chicago, were utilized in the preparation of the first translation of the entire document.
History Begins at Sumer: Thirty-Nine Firsts in Recorded History
This book is like that. But it is to Amo Poebel, the leading Sumerologist of the past half century, that my researches owe the heaviest debt.
The passages include Enmerkar’s plea to his patron deity Inanna; fnanna’s advice; Enmerkar’s instructions to his herald; the execution of these instructions by the herald; the lord of Aratta’s indignant refusal; the herald’s further argument that Inanna is now on Enmerkar’s side and its distressing effect on the lord of Aratta. The second cylinder is in the Yale Babylonian Collection.
In the centuries that followed, sultan after sultan added afresh to this palace complex, building new kiosks and mosques, installing new fountains, laying out new gardens. Of course these “firsts” can be outdone by an earlier civilization but I wouldn’t doubt this scholar. Nevertheless, he once again issues a challenge to Enmerkar. My own interest in this highly specialized field of research Page xxvi stemmed directly from Edward Chiera’s contributions, though I actually owe my Sumerological training to Amo Poebel, with whom I was privileged to work closely for a number of years in the early thirties.
But this did not lead to the writing of connected and meaningful history. From the point of view of fullness of legal detail and state of preservation, it is the most imposing ancient law document as yet uncovered — but not from the point of view of age and antiquity.
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History Begins at Sumer: Thirty-Nine Firsts in Recorded History by Samuel Noah Kramer
It was prepared by one of the archivists of Entemena, the fifth in the line of Lagash mlers, stalling with Ur-Nanshe. Upon Ur-Lumma’s defeat and probable death, a new enemy appeared on the scene.
Here’s a great book about the Sumerians. His letter said that some years ago, in the course of his duties as curator in the Istanbul Museum, he had come upon two fragments of a tablet inscribed with Sumerian laws, had made a “join” of the two pieces, and had catalogued the resulting tablet as No. The text was restored from twenty tablets and fragments, of which histody most important by far is the twelve-column tablet in the Istanbul Museum of the Ancient Orient, copied by me in 1and described in the foregoing paragraphs.