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Back to Scribal school! I've been experimenting with different sizes of script, different levels of clay-wetness, and writing in Babylonian rather than in Sumerian. . . The first few lines I wrote when the clay was wet, and are from the end of the Babylonian 'Epic of Creation', when the god Marduk gets given the title of the former head of the pantheon: "Since he created the heavens and fashioned the earth, Enlil, the father, called him by his own name, 'Lord of the Lands'…" (I copied more but stopped in the middle of a word because the clay was cracking!) . . The next few lines are from the epic of Gilgamesh, and I wrote them out about 12 hours later, when the clay was starting to harden. I also tried to write the signs as small as they are on the surviving versions of the story, which seemed to be a lot easier with the clay having hardened a bit! I struggled to keep the signs in a straight line though, just like when I'm writing in English 😂. In this section, Uta-napishti has survived the flood, and is offering incense to the gods, but everyone's hoping Enlil (who brought the flood) doesn't find out that someone survived: "…make me remember these days, and never forget them! All the gods shall come to the incense, but to the incense let Enlil not come…" . . . #Assyriology #Iraq #Mesopotamia #Ancienthistory #history #Assyria #assyrian #Babylonian #cuneiform #ancientneareast #language #writing #clay #akkadian #lostart #scribe #classics #phdlife #historiansofinstagram #mythology #archaeology #myth #ancient #ancientworld #clay #Gilgamesh #Marduk #storytime

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You certainly have heard of the “Tower of Babel”, right? Did you know that there is a small connection to Slowbean and this tower?

The biblical story of the Tower of Babel states that after the flood of Noah all people spoke the same language. The surviving people built a great tower known as a “ziggurat” to reach heaven and that Yahweh the God of the Israelites, angered by their pride, confounded the people’s languages and this is the explanation for the diversity of language in the world.

This myth has great symbolic significance but is also based in fact. The Babylonians, at the height of their power, took all of the best artisans and craftsmen of their conquered territories back to Babylon to help build Babylon into the greatest city in the world. It is much as the Russians did to the Germans after World War II. These artisans were set to building a great temple dedicated to the Babylonian god Marduk. They, being from different countries of the empire, spoke many different languages.

“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” (from Genesis 11:4–9)

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