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Enmerkar and The Lord of Aratta

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The full text of a legendary Sumerian account. Details the diplomatic exchange between King Enmerkar of Uruk, and an unnamed Lord of Aratta, circa 2100 BC.

Enmerkar requests precious stones for a new temple, but Aratta needs barley as his people are in famine. Though Enmerkar begins negotiations belligerently, Aratta does not fear Uruk's military might. Thus begins the con
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Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An actual text from Mesopotamian history. Gives priceless insight into the daily economic lives of people at the dawn of civilization… and set in pristine lands that only the ancients were lucky enough to witness.

With such descriptive, poetic quotes:

“Kolaba… where destiny is determined.”

“Let Aratta pack nuggets of gold in leather sacks … package up precious metals, and load the packs on the donkeys of the mountains.”

“For the ambitious lords, for the ambitious princes, for the ambitious
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Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta is a legendary Sumerian account, of preserved, early post-Sumerian copies, composed in the Neo-Sumerian period (ca. 21st century BC). It is one of a series of accounts describing the conflicts between Enmerkar, king of Unug-Kulaba (Uruk), and the unnamed king of Aratta (probably somewhere in Armenia or Iran). The kingdom of Ararat and mountain Ararat has quite close resemblance with name Aratta.

Because it gives a Sumerian account of the "confusion of tongues", and
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An unknown author writes an account of the legendary king Enmerkar, during the Third Dynasty of Ur, (circa 2200 BCE) in Ancient Sumeria, and his rivalry with the distant, northern, Lord of Aratta. The plot features oral communications delivered via a messenger between both men, culminating in a confrontation between the champions of both leaders. Most memorable for me was the mythologized creation of writing, when Enmerkar decided to invent cuneiform to aid his messenger's memory. While some rea ...more
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A jaunty little read, another of those ever-present tales where the fickleness of Great Inanna is paramount to the story, the simplicity and poetic execution make it an absorbing read all these years later.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Hard to understand because of the many lacunas and the many figurative speech, but Wikipedia's article helped a lot.

Nice tale, although it has an incomplete ending.
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