Friday, July 25, 2014

Ancient Sumerian song recreated from 3,400-year-old cuneiform tablets

Known as the lexical texts, the corpus of ancient cuneiform tablets, which range in time from the third millennium to the first century BC, were first discovered in the early 1950s in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit.

Before this time, virtually nothing was known about Sumero-Babylonian music, aside from the type of musical instruments they used, as deducted from carved pictures and archaeological finds. Scholars were completely in the dark about the theory and practice of what was considered a divine art, whose patron was the god Enki/Ea, who oversaw the realms of magic, arts, and crafts.

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