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Discussion of Ancient Mesopotamia

"ТАЙНЫЙ" язык шумеров EME-SAL.
*** Кроме обычного языка у древних шумеров существовал особый тайный язык eme-sal, использовавшийся в магических ритуалах.
® Словарь этого языка можно найти в журнале:

Space Walk
Hey Mod,
We've been spammed, could you please delete the spam post (which is huge) and block that user? Thanks

Descent of Inanna

I'd like to invite you to view our amateur theatre presentation of the Inanna myth. Performed in Czech in Prague in April for a small audience, the play follows the myth relatively closely. The videos have English subtitles (click closed captions if necessary). There are three parts, plus some rehearsal clips as well.

The contrast between the Czech language and the Sumerian myth is somewhat peculiar for me, but maybe it will add a certain mystery for you.

cracks: no promises
I'm doing a project on Nippur for an anthropology course, and I was wondering if anyone had any books/websites about the city they'd recommend. Any suggestions are VERY welcome! Thank you :D

Myth of Enuma Elish: First Story of Evolution
Has anyone read this? Do they have any comments on it? There's so much crap out there and I can barely find more than the cover blurb on this book.

Eyewitness Experts: Ancient Egypt

Enenuru.net is an independent project with focuses on Sumerian and Mesopotamian magic, religion, and culture and on relevant academic apparatus. Admittedly, reading in these areas can at times be dense and tract-less, and here we aim to provide an explanatory material and systematized resource for the student, seeker, and for those who speak similar enthusiasm. Enenuru.net is currently in development, and as we work, we take the chance to broaden scope, accept suggestion or criticism, and invite contribution from interested parties. We hope you will give or take from our efforts as they progress in form and function, towards a true study aid for these rare subjects. Regards.

Narrative History
Byzantine Imperial Seal
I've read a few books on the History of the ancient Near East, but I have always found it hard to read analysis-histories before I read the narrative-histories. That is to say, unless I know just who/when the heck Eannatum is, and/or his relation to Entemena, I find it difficult to read an economic analysis of their reigns.

Being the point, is there a well-written narrative-history of Sumeria/Akkad/Bablyonia anyone could recommend me?

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kat face
I don't post very often here, but I have a question. It's hit or miss if someone has this information on this community, but I'm going to give it a try.

I have a degree in biochemistry and NELC. I am interested in going into archaeological chemistry from a biochemistry aspect. This would be working on proteins or DNA from ancient samples. I do not want to do evolution, though, more actual lifestyle analysis. I also wish to attend graduate school in a chemistry department rather than an anthro, archaeology, etc. department. Does anyone know of a good place for graduate school in this area?

Questions from a longtime lurker
Completely stolen from epilogia.  Awesom
Name or Nickname: Phinnie
Age: 24
Occupation: I'm currently in IT but will be graduating next year and moving on to grad school (finally!).
How did you first form an interest in ancient Mesopotamia?: I've always been intrigued by the concept of "what happened before", whether it was regarding historical geography or cultural developments. I became fascinated by aspects of Biblical history as a kid when I realized that the stuff they taught at church could be related back to actual, tangible places and before long I was completely lost to the intrigues of the ancient world. True bliss came the first time I took a history of civilizations course that actually delved into what came before Greece! Soon after, I discovered a copy of Dr. Kramer's "39 Firsts" and was hooked on Sumerology.
Which culture from ancient Mesopotamia is your personal favorite?: Most definitely Sumer, though I've an interest in just about all of them.
Can you read cuneiform?: Sadly, no. Not yet.

I'm a current undergrad who will be graduating next year with a degree in Religious Studies. I'm looking forward to grad school, but I was hoping that some of you might be able to offer some advice. You see, I'm particularly interested in attending a school that would allow a duel program to study both the current and ancient Near East, but from what I've seen online, very few seem to have any sort of rigorous course offerings to ancient studies and those that do don't seem inclined to allow a concurrent course of study.

My question to you all is, do any of you know of universities that would allow this? Likewise, if you've any recommendations to make, I'd be more than grateful to hear them.

Thanks again!


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