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Shepherd story – Epic of Gilgamesh – Mesopotamia

By |2018-04-15T12:12:56+00:00September 15th, 2017|History, West Asia|

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 [...]

Epic of Gilgamesh – Mesopotamian writing

By |2018-04-13T01:43:06+00:00September 15th, 2017|Literature, West Asia|

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. Story-tellers probably began telling this story not long after he [...]

Sumerian art history – Mesopotamia

By |2018-04-25T23:25:54+00:00September 11th, 2017|Art, West Asia|

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 [...]

Make a clay seal – Mesopotamia project

By |2018-04-18T23:42:02+00:00June 11th, 2017|Crafts, Economy, West Asia|

Clay seal project: A cylinder seal and square seal from ancient Mesopotamia The people of ancient Mesopotamia had many baskets which had been sealed with a special mark pressed into a lump of clay. Government officials marked their property so nobody could steal it. Their neighbors further east in India and west in [...]