The eminent Assyriologist
Thorkild Jacobsen, author of Treasures of Darkness, here
presents translations of ancient Sumerian poems written near the
end of the third millennium b.c.e., including a number of
compositions that have never before been published in translation.
The themes developed in the poems-quite possibly the earliest poems
extant-are those that have fascinated humanity since the time
people first began to spin stories: the longings of young lovers;
courage in battle; joy at the birth of a child; the pleasures of
drink and song.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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