Kramer, Samuel Noah, 1897-1990.
History begins at Sumer : thirty-nine firsts in recorded history / Samuel Noah Kramer.
3rd. rev. ed.
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Philadelphia, PA : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1981.
xxvii, 388 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
Synopsis: Which civilization had the first system of law? The first formal educational system? The first tax cut? The first love song? The answers were found in excavations of ancient Sumer, a society so developed, resourceful, and enterprising that it, in a sense, created history. The book presents a cross section of the Sumerian "firsts" in all the major fields of human endeavor, including government and politics, education and literature, philosophy and ethics, law and justice, agriculture and medicine, even love and family. History Begins at Sumer is the classic account of the achievements of the Sumerians, who lived in what is now southern Iraq during the third millennium B.C. They were the developers of the cuneiform system of writing, perhaps their greatest contribution to civilization, which allowed laws and literature to be recorded for the first time.
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From the tablets of Sumer
Originally published under title: From the tablets of Sumer: Indian Hills, Colo. : Falcon's Wing Press, 1956.
Preface to the first edition -- List of illustrations -- Photographic sources -- Introduction -- Education: the first schools --Schooldays: the first case of "apple-polishing" -- Father and son: the first case of juvenile delinquency -- International affairs: the first "war of nerves" -- Government: the first bicameral congress -- Civil war in Sumer: the first historian -- Social reform: the first case of tax reduction -- Law codes: the first "moses" -- Justice: the first legal precedent -- Medicine: the first pharmacopoeia -- Agriculture: the first "farmer's almanac" -- Horticulture: the first experiment in shade-Tree Gardening -- Philosophy: man's first cosmogony and cosmology -- Ethics: the first moral ideals -- Suffering and submission: the first "job"-- Wisdom: the first proverbs and sayings -- Aesopica: the first animal fables -- Logomachy: the first literary debates -- Paradise: the first biblical parallels -- Flood: the first "noah" -- Hades: the first tale of resurrection -- Slaying of the dragon: the first ''St. George" -- Tales of Gilgamesh: the first case of literary borrowing -- Epic literature: man's first heroic age -- To the royal bridegroom: the first love song -- Book lists: the first library catalogue -- World peace and harmony: man's first golden age -- Ancient counterparts of modern woes: the first "sick" society -- Destruction and deliverance: the first liturgic laments -- Ideal king: the first messiahs -- Shulgi of Ur: the first long-distance champion -- Poetry: the first literary imagery -- Sacred marriage rite: the first sex symbolism -- Weeping Goddesses: the first mater Dolorosa -- U-a a-u-a: the first lullaby -- Ideal mother: her first literary portrait -- Three funeral chants: the first elegies -- Pickaxe and the plow: labor's first victory -- Home of the fish: the first aquarium -- Corrigenda and addenda to the second edition -- Glossary -- Appendix A: Curse and a map: new gleanings from the tablets of Sumer -- Appendix B: Origin of the Cuneiform system of writing -- Comments on the illustrations.
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9780812212761 (pbk; alkaline paper)
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