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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But we may surmise that it was the direct result of the political and economic forces unloosed by the drive for power that characterized the ruling Page 47 dynasty founded by Ur-Nanshe about B.

You have carried out well the school’s activities, you have become a man of learning.

History Begins at Sumer: Thirty-Nine Firsts in Recorded History

Who could imagine that there were political congresses thousands and thousands of years ago, and in parts of the world rarely hixtory with democratic institutions? Few were privileged to enter the palace grounds, and fewer still were permitted to witness its inner life. It was here that the literary creations of the past were studied and copied; here, too, new ones were com- Page 5 posed. Note that two, three, and four dots indicate the omission, for one reason or another, of one, two, and more than two words, respectively.

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?

And so our next “first,” in Chapter 4, is about “power politics,” and a Sumerian ruler of five thousand years ago who could manage “political incidents” successfully. Instead he strove to fit the historical events into the accepted framework of his theo- Page 39 cratic world view, thus developing a rather unique literary style, which constantly interweaves the deeds of men and gods and often fails to distinguish between them.

The latter, however, refuses to yield to Enmerkar, claiming that he is Inanna’s protege and that she had brought him to Aratta as its ruler.

Come now, be a man.

The documents range in size from large twelve-column tablets, inscribed with hundreds of compactly written lines of text, to tiny fragments containing no more than a few broken lines. That’s what you told me.

History Begins at Sumer: Thirty-Nine Firsts in Recorded History by Samuel Noah Kramer

But I must admit after getting about half way through I started to get a bit bogged down and skimmed many of the remaining pieces. The mistress whose kohl is Amaushumgalanna, Inanna, the queen of all the lands. Pagexix Introduction The Sumerologist is one of the narrowest of specialists in the highly specialized academic halls of learning, a well-nigh perfect example of the man who “knows mostest about the leastest.


Most of the students came from wealthy families; the poor could hardly afford the cost and time which a prolonged education demanded. The structure of this book — a series of essays, each about one subject for which Sumer is the first documented instance — is an approachable way to handle a survey of Sumerian history. The oldest of these is the code of the Sumerian ruler Ur-Nammu; it dates from the end of firsfs third millennium B. Figures 1, 7, and 26; Plates 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, and 34; and for making the photographs of Plates 13, 14, and 15 from illustrations firste Decouvertes en Chaldee by Ernest de Souzec and Leon Heuzey.

They are thus of no little significance for the history of ideas and the study of cultural origins. To him whose seed came forth in the dust of Aratta, To him who was hhistory milk in the fold of the faithful cow, To him who was fit for lordship over Kullab, the land of all the great divine laws, To Enmerkar, the son of Utu, I will speak that word as a good word in the temple of Eanna; In the gipar which bears fruit like a fresh.

On all the more important questions of state, particularly those involving war and peace, they consulted their more important fellow citizens gathered in solemn assembly.

Lists with This Book. May Shulutula, the personal recotded of Entemena, the ishakku of Lagash, whom Enlil gave the scepter, whom Enki the Sumerian god of wisdom gave wisdom, whom Nanshe fixed upon in her heart, the great ish akku of Ningirsu, the man who had begjns the words of the gods, step forward in prayer for the life of Entemena before Ningirsu and Nanshe unto distant days.

The Sumerian god of rain and storm, Ishkur, brings to Aratta wild- grown hisfory and beans and heaps them up before the lord of Aratta. Page 7 Sumerian schoolmen also prepared various mathematical tables and many detailed mathematical problems together with their solutions, hr the field of linguistics the study of Sumerian grammar was well represented among the school tablets.

The full-grown tree may well be separated from tbirty-nine original seed by thousands of miles and years. All this is told in the leisurely, roundabout style characteristic of epic poetry the world over. However, in befins course of its growth and development, and particularly as a result of the ever widening curriculum, the school came to be the center of culture and learning in Sumer.


It was this new ishcikku, Urukagina by name, who restored law and order in the city hegins “established the freedom” of its citizens. But on this point, as indeed on many other points concerned with school activities, our sources fail us.

Our hoary congress met, surprising as it may seem, in that part of Asia now generally designated as the Near East, the traditional home of tyrants and despots, a part of the world where political assemblies were thought to be practically unknown.

Tell it to me. First, his primary concern and point of reference beginz interpreting texts is Biblical, e. It was in the land known in ancient days as Sumer, situated north of the Persian Gulf between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, that the oldest known political assembly was convened.

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But it is the other three laws, fragmentary and difficult as their contents are, that are of veiy special importance for the history of man’s social and spiritual growth. In recent years, finally, a new stock of Sumerian literary pieces became available. He then built there the Imdubba of Ningirsu, the Namnunda-kigarra, as well as the shrine of Enlil, the shrine of Ninhursag the Sumerian “mother” goddessthe shrine of Ningirsu, and the shrine of Utu the sun-god.

In actual practice, while the temple corporation owned a good deal of land, which it rented out to some of the people as sharecroppers, much of the soil was the private property of the individual citizen. There is little likelihood that we will ever find any written historical records from the days of Agga and Gilgamesh, since, in their time, writing was either altogether unknown or had only just been invented and was still in its early picture stage.

One of these documents is outstanding for its fullness of detail and clarity of meaning. While laudable, and interesting, I seriously doubt the claims of “firsts” without a ton of caveats Like Greece of a much later day, Sumer, in the third millennium B.