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History begins at Sumer : thirty-nine firsts in recorded history

Author: Samuel Noah Kramer
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1981.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd rev. edView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Noah Kramer
ISBN: 0812278127 9780812278125 0812212762 9780812212761
OCLC Number: 49280563
Notes: Originally published under title: From the tablets of Sumer: Indian Hills, Colo. : Falcon's Wing Press, 1956.
Description: xxvii, 388 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface to the third edition --
Preface to the first edition --
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 --
A 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 --
The ideal king : the first messiahs --
Shulgi of Ur : the first long-distance champion --
Poetry : the first literary imagery --
The sacred marriage rite : the first sex symbolism --
Weeping Goddesses : the first mater Dolorosa --
U-a a-u-a : the first lullaby --
The ideal mother : her first literary portrait --
Three funeral chants : the first elegies --
The 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: A curse and a map : new gleanings from the tablets of Sumer --
Appendix B: The origin and development of the cuneiform system of writing and other comments on the illustrations.
Other Titles: From the tablets of Sumer
Responsibility: Samuel Noah Kramer.

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"Kramer ranked among the world's foremost Sumerologists. . . . The book will interest both the scholar and the general educated reader."-Religious Studies Bulletin  Read more...

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