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15 09, 2017

Shepherd story – Epic of Gilgamesh – Mesopotamia

By |2019-09-04T08:13:37-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Shepherd on a cylinder seal (Berlin Museum) When the Sumerian king Gilgamesh refused to fall in love with the goddess Ishtar, he gave her a lot of reasons why not, and he was pretty nasty about it. One of the reasons Gilgamesh gave Ishtar was that she treated all her lovers badly. For example, once she [...]

15 09, 2017

Epic of Gilgamesh – Mesopotamian writing

By |2019-09-04T08:13:45-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Epic of Gilgamesh: Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu fight the monster Humbaba, on an Assyrian cylinder seal from the 600s BC The real king Gilgamesh The Epic of Gilgamesh is a story about a Sumerian king (Gilgamesh) who seems to have lived around 2500 BC, in Mesopotamia. Who were the Sumerians? And the Assyrians? West Asian literature [...]

11 09, 2017

Sumerian art history – Mesopotamia

By |2019-09-05T06:00:01-07:00September 11th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Sumerian clay figures from Tell Asmar (about 2900 BC - compare them to these earlier Indian ones) Sumerian art is the art that Sumerian people made. The Sumerians lived in what is now southern Iraq beginning about 4000 BC. Sumerian art is mainly about exploring and supporting the relationships between people and the gods, and plants and animals. These relationships [...]

11 06, 2017

Make a clay seal – Mesopotamia project

By |2019-04-09T05:39:59-07:00June 11th, 2017|Crafts, Economy, West Asia|0 Comments

Clay seal project: A cylinder seal and square seal from ancient Mesopotamia What is a clay seal? The people of ancient Mesopotamia had many baskets which had been sealed with a special mark pressed into a lump of clay. More about seals What is clay? Bronze Age economy All our Mesopotamia articles Why [...]