Sumer

Sumer (/ˈsmər/) was one of the ancient civilizations and historical regions in southern Mesopotamia, modern-day southern Iraq, during the Chalcolithic and the Early Bronze ages. Although the earliest specimens of writing in the region do not go back much further than c. 2500 BC, modern historians have suggested that Sumer was first permanently settled between c. 5500 and 4000 BC by a non-Semitic people who spoke the Sumerian language (pointing to the names of cities, rivers, basic occupations, etc., as evidence).

These conjectured, prehistoric people are now called "proto-Euphrateans" or "Ubaidians", and are theorized to have evolved from the Samarra culture of northern Mesopotamia (Assyria). The Ubaidians (though never mentioned by the Sumerians themselves) are assumed by modern-day scholars to have been the first civilizing force in Sumer, draining the marshes for agriculture, developing trade, and establishing industries, including weaving, leatherwork, metalwork, masonry, and pottery.

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Watch: First trailer for anticipated sequel 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife,' set in Oklahoma, features lots of callbacks and Tulsa native Tracy Letts

The Oklahoman 09 Dec 2019
Grooberson (Paul Rudd), who in turn gives her the 411 on "the Manhattan Crossrip of 1984,” the official name of the New York near-apocalypse in the original film that called on the first Ghostbusters to fight back against an ancient Sumerian god named Gozer and the enormous and ......
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Sequel 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' to be set in Oklahoma

The Oklahoman 09 Dec 2019
... name of the New York near-apocalypse in the original film that called on the first Ghostbusters to fight back against an ancient Sumerian god named Gozer and the enormous and deadly marshmallow man the deity summoned to destroy the Big Apple.  (Story continued below...)....
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First Look at Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Vanity Fair 06 Dec 2019
Hauntings are real ... Regrets about the past. Guilt over lost moments ... “Manhattan Crossrip” is the technical term for that long-ago bizarre incident in New York involving an apocalypse-summoning skyscraper, a gargantuan killer marshmallow man, and four working stiffs who managed to fight back against an ancient Sumerian God named Gozer ... Advertisement ... ....
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Alain de Botton on Existential Maturity and What Emotional Intelligence Really Means

Brainpickings 25 Nov 2019
A generation before him, Anaïs Nin took up the subject in her diary, which is itself a work of philosophy ... We are, in terms of wisdom, little more advanced than the ancient Sumerians or the Picts ... It was the philosophers of ancient Greece who first identified these problems and described the structural deficiencies of our minds with a special term ... ....
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Professing Faith: Nature, abundance celebrated long before the first American Thanksgiving

Redlands Daily Facts 21 Nov 2019
The name Akitu is related to the Sumerian word for barley, which was the most popular grain in ancient Iraq because it stood up to the harsh climate ... We know a fair amount about the agriculture of ancient Iraq because in 1949 American archeologists discovered an ancient document which modern historians have called the Sumerian Farmer’s Almanac....
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‘The stupid it burns’: Internet destroys Fox News contributor who doesn’t know ‘what language quid ...

Alternet 13 Nov 2019
A “Fox & Friends” interview went off-the-rails when the opinion editor of a right wing media outlet tried to discredit House Democrats who begin open impeachment inquiry hearings against President Donald Trump today ... Here’s Hurt. ... Experts ... The editor of a *national newspaper* thinks “quid pro quo” is, like, Elvish or ancient Sumerian or something....
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Treasures of the past

China Daily 05 Nov 2019
Experts discuss the relevance of ancient civilizations in the modern world, Wang Kaihao reports ... Peking University professor Gong Yushu, who participated in the symposium, says the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia had a concept similar to that of the Tao, a concept describing the rules of the universe in Chinese culture....
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Mike Hale, The Grub Hunter: Time for truffles

Monterey Herald 05 Nov 2019
Archaeologists know that the ancient Sumerians and Babylonians consumed truffles, those irregularly shaped, knobby, pungent underground fungi spheres coveted the world over ... You can almost hear the conversation ... It didn’t hurt that, thanks to a myth spread by the ancient Romans, many still believed in the truffle’s aphrodisiacal properties ... 15 ... ....
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UCLA Library Special Collections offers a firsthand glimpse into the past

Daily Bruin 01 Nov 2019
“This is a school text of lexical exercises in abstract nouns,” she said as she handled a roughly 4,000-year-old tablet impressed with ancient Sumerian writing ... it to curate novels by 19th-century French author Jules Verne alongside 4,000-year old Sumerian tablets....
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When you make a deal with the devil

The Oneida Daily Dispatch 20 Oct 2019
The historical basis for the devil and hell likely originated with the ancient Greeks (it may have had a much earlier genesis with the Sumerian civilization) and their god, Hades, the god of the underworld and the dead. The name, Hades, became interchangeable with the place he dwelled, thus Hades became both a god and a location ... The soil, i.e ... .......
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How distributed ledger technology can revolutionise record keeping

Yahoo Daily News 07 Oct 2019
The Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia invented writing around 3,000BC ... Since ancient times, ledgers have been at the heart of economic transactions-to record contracts, payments, buy-sell deals or movement of assets or property ... Just like the humble Sumerian tablet, DLT can ......
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Dabrowski's disappointment with Napoleon

The Am-Pol Eagle 04 Oct 2019
Straight pins, of iron and bone, had been fashioned by the Sumerians around 3000 B.C. Also, Sumerian writings revealed the use of eye needles for sewing. Archaeologists, examining ancient cave drawings and artifacts, conclude that even earlier peoples, some 10,000 years ago, used ......
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Peachy: the emoji that’s become a political statement

The Observer 02 Oct 2019
Peach emoji. Up to 6,000 years old. Sort of. As you know, the ancient Sumerians used a system of writing called cuneiform, which began as a series of pictograms. Well, cuneiform sometimes used symbols that stood for multiple words or concepts ... Correct ... Indeed ... “Im ... Thanks to an ancient people of Mesopotamia, via a 21st-century musician from Michigan ... ....
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