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Music, Tumblr, and Work: darktripz: The Epic Of Gilgamesh In Sumerian The EPIC OF GILGAMESH is the earliest great work of literature that we know of, and was first written down by the Sumerians around 2100 B.C. Ancient Sumer was the land that lay between the two rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates, in Mesopotamia. The language that the Sumerians spoke was unrelated to the Semitic languages of their neighbors the Akkadians and Babylonians, and it was written in a syllabary (a kind of alphabet) called “cuneiform”. By 2000 B.C., the language of Sumer had almost completely died out and was used only by scholars (like Latin is today). No one knows how it was pronounced because it has not been heard in 4000 years. What you hear in this video are a few of the opening lines of part of the epic poem, accompanied only by a long-neck, three-string, Sumerian lute known as a “ngish-gu-di”. The instrument is tuned to G - G - D, and although it is similar to other long neck lutes still in use today (the tar, the setar, the saz, etc.) the modern instruments are low tension and strung with fine steel wire. The ancient long neck lutes (such as the Egyptian “nefer”) were strung with gut and behaved slightly differently. The short-neck lute known as the “oud” is strung with gut/nylon, and its sound has much in common with the ancient long-neck lute although the oud is not a fretted instrument and its strings are much shorter (about 25 inches or 63 cm) as compared to 32 inches (82 cm) on a long-neck instrument. For anyone interested in these lutes, I highly recommend THE ARCHAEOMUSICOLOGY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST by Professor Richard Dumbrill. The location for this performance is the courtyard of Nebuchadnezzar’s palace in Babylon. The piece is four minutes long and is intended only as a taste of what the music of ancient Sumer might have sounded like. “The Sumerians” by Grendel Dark

darktripz: The Epic Of Gilgamesh In Sumerian The EPIC OF GILGAMESH is the earliest great work of literature that we know of, and was first...

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Period, Tumblr, and Blog: grandegyptianmuseum: Ancient Egyptian Musical Instrument Triangle harp, made of wood and copper. Late Period, ca. 664-332 BC. 26th to 30th Dynasty. Now in the Louvre.

grandegyptianmuseum: Ancient Egyptian Musical Instrument Triangle harp, made of wood and copper. Late Period, ca. 664-332 BC. 26th to 30th D...

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Opportunity, Egyptian, and Moses: ACKPOT Egyptian King sees an opportunity to betray Moses and the Israelites inside the Red Sea (approx 1592 BCE)

Egyptian King sees an opportunity to betray Moses and the Israelites inside the Red Sea (approx 1592 BCE)

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How To, Water, and Egyptian: We irrigating Egyptian farmers in 3100 BC after figuring out how to divert water from the nile river to water their crops

Egyptian farmers in 3100 BC after figuring out how to divert water from the nile river to water their crops

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Target, Tumblr, and Blog: crimson-chains: Modern  Egyptian Gods part 2 ^^Choose your fave~Modern Egyptian Gods part 1

crimson-chains: Modern  Egyptian Gods part 2 ^^Choose your fave~Modern Egyptian Gods part 1

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Memes, New York, and News: ON THIS DAY IN 1923 King Tut's burial chamber was entered British archeologist Howard Carter entered the inner burial chamber of Tutankhamun's tomb and found the 3,300-year-old sarcophagus and mummy of the Egyptian pharaoh remarkably preserved NIMBLE NEWS NETWORK Tutankhamun (King Tut) was an Egyptian pharaoh who lived around 3,300 years ago. He ascended the throne at the age of 9 and died when he was 19. His tomb was found in an area called the Valley of the Kings, east of the Nile River, in November of 1922. The burial chamber, which housed his mummified remains, was not entered until this day in 1923. Excavators at the time had an agreement with the Egyptian government. They could keep half of whatever they found. The other half went to the government. Intact tombs were the exception. Everything discovered in intact tombs belonged to the government. That rule was not honored. In 2011, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City agreed to return 19 artifacts it had acquired from the tomb. As for King Tut’s mummy, it remained in the tomb and was never put on public display until 2007. Last year, for the first time ever, the tomb and all 5,000 of the artifacts King Tut was buried with, more than three millennia ago, were shown in galleries at the billion-dollar Grand Egyptian Museum (also known as the Giza Museum), located between Cairo and the pyramids.

Tutankhamun (King Tut) was an Egyptian pharaoh who lived around 3,300 years ago. He ascended the throne at the age of 9 and died when he was...

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Target, Tumblr, and Access: Antbis crimson-chains: Egyptian gods in modern day attire :D5 dollar patrons have access to a speedpaint of Horus! ^^

crimson-chains: Egyptian gods in modern day attire :D5 dollar patrons have access to a speedpaint of Horus! ^^

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