1979(and another delite from Fischer) Re: [ANE-2] "Tablets of Shuruppak"
- Jul 13, 2006--- "Ariel L. Szczupak" <ane.als@...> wrote:
> At 00:44 12/07/2006, Peter T. Daniels wrote:This is exactly what I'm wondering about. The handful of google hits
> >But whence the "meme" (if you will) "Tablets of Shuruppak" as a corpus
> >that contains precious information about pre-biblical peoples and as an
> >auhtoritative source of information on the third millennium?
> The tablets of Farah are of course important scientifically, but the
> only contexts in which I found them to have an importance that could
> imply attributes like "precious" and "authoritative" are in
> discussions concerning non/pseudo scientific narratives (e.g.
> freemasonry, Mormonism, etc).
> The caveat is that it's my personal experience, not a comprehensive
for "tablets of shuruppak" turn up exactly that range of contexts,
suggesting that the phrase appeared, maybe just once, in some
authoritative (or at least widely popular) source. (Does anyone have
vol. 1 of the Durants' history of civilization?)
Meanwhile, Mr. Fischer also suggests, in both the Mesopotamia and the
Egypt sections, that (aside from the hollow reeds suggested by M. Civil
long ago) a potential magnifying device for reading tiny cuneiform or
hieroglyphic signs was a "transparent vessel filled with water."
Somehow I don't recall seeing any sort of "transparent" vessels at
either the OI or the Met museums ...
A few pages further on, he notes that "all the Jews" were exiled to
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
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