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Words and numbers in Cuneiform

 

 

 

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Some Sumerian cuneiform

 

SU hand

 

UD sun, day

 

KA drink

 

AN, DIGIR diety

 

LU man

 

LUGAL king

 

SHIM beer

 

E house

 

A water

 

KU fish

 

KU eat

 

KU eat

 

MULSAN bird

 

SHAheart

 

DUB tablet

 

SARwrite

SHE barley

 

Numbers in cuneiform

 

 

 

The use of sexagesimal numbers for astronomy by the Babylonians in the last centuries bc gave them a great advantage over contemporary Greek astronomers who had no convenient mathematical notation. As a result many Babylonian astronomical calcu- lations were used by the ancient Greek and medieval Arab astronomers long after knowledge of cuneiform writing was lost. Our present base 60 system of counting sixty seconds in a minute, sixty minutes in an hour, and three hundred and sixty degrees in a circle is a survival of Babylonian mathematics.

 

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There is a famous story of numerical manipulation in Assyrian history. Sennacherib had sacked Babylon in 689 bc. His son Esarhaddon on succeeding to the throne in 680 bc in a dramatic shift of policy decided to embark on its restoration, and justified it by announcing that whereas the god Marduk had decreed that the city should remain desolate for seventy years he had now relented and turned the number upside down. So seventy became eleven:

 

Wikipedia

 

ancientscripts.com

 

Write your name in cuneiform !

 

Make your own cuneiform tablet

 

Cuneiform Tablets: From the Reign of

Gudea of Lagash to Shalmanassar III

 

Cuneiform Archives: an Introduction

 

Workbook of Cuneiform Signs

 

Cuneiform: Forgotten Legacy

of a Forgotten People

 

History of Assurbanipal

 

The Babylonian story of the Deluge and the Epic of Gilgamish :

with an account of the Royal Libraries of Nineveh

 

cuneiform.de

 

Sumerian King List

(The Sumerian king list is an ancient text in the Sumerian

language that lists kings of Sumer from Sumerian and foreign dynasties.)

 

Anunnaki - Ancient Aliens Debunked

 

Zecharia Sitchin and the Anunnaki

 

 Sumerian King List still puzzles historians

 

Cuneiform Tattoos

 

Liberty in Cuneiform

 

Gilgamesh Tattoo 

 The top line is the cuneiform symbols for the name Gilgamesh. The bottom line, "a naqba imuru idi mati," is the first line, reconstructed and transliterated in Akkadian, for the Standard Babylonian Version of the EPIC OF GILGAMESH. Translated by Andrew George, it reads "He who saw the Deep, the country's foundation."

 

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