Posts Tagged ‘Mesopotamia’
  • This is part three of my notes on the Epic of Gilgamesh.  Part one can be found here and part two, here. Synopsis: Tablet VIII Enkidu is dead, and Gilgamesh is devastated.  He laments him, ripping his hair and clothes.  He commissions a statue for him, immortalizing him in the only way he can.  He also takes responsibility for providing for Enkidu in the underworld.  He sets aside gold and slaughtered animals to give as gifts to important people in the underworld, people who can he... more »
  • The Babylonian flood story dates to 1600 BC.  The version that I read is a compilation of several different versions, which have been pieced together to form a more cohesive narrative. The story is more about the background of the gods' decision to bring about the flood rather than the flood itself.  And it brings a lot of light to the view that Mesopotamians held of their deities: that they considered humans a necessary nuisance.  They were necessary because they kept them fed and labored fo... more »
  • Mesopotamian literature is an interesting beast.  I'm not completely sure how to describe it.  It's the opposite of hopeful and uplifting, but at the same time it's too outlandish to take at face value so it ends up being kind of humorous in a depressing sort of way.    Even the gods (the heroes, if you can call them that) come across as whiny, immoral, and at times just....dense.  Only Ea, the god of wisdom, seems to have much sense at all, and he is mostly painted as a sneaky guy who is a... more »
  • So.....sorry for the long absence.  It's been a busy couple of months for this little pilgrim.  And wow, do  I have a lot to catch up on!  The first thing I want to do is finish writing up my notes and thoughts on my ancient history reading.  So, following is part two of my notes from The History of the Ancient World, covering the remainder of Mesopotamian history before Epoch 2 and the call of Abraham around 2000 BC: After Sargon's death, his son Manishtushu reigned.  He loved war, ju... more »
  • [caption id="attachment_171" align="alignleft" width="153" caption="Sargon, creator of the first empire"][/caption] I took a lot of notes when I read through Susan Wise Bauer's book, The History of the Ancient World (HOTAW), and I am revisiting them as my little ancient history book club goes chronologically through other sources of ancient history and literature.  First I am focusing on Mesopotamia up to the year 2000 BC; this time period is covered in HOTAW in chapters 1-3, 7-8, 10, 12-13,... more »