The Mask Of Gilgamesh
"The one who saw all [Sha nagba imuru ] I will declare to the world,
The one who knew all I will tell about
He saw the great Mystery, he knew the Hidden:
He recovered the knowledge of all the times before the Flood.
He journeyed beyond the distant, he journeyed beyond exhaustion,
And then carved his story on stone. [naru : stone tablets ]"
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Ishtar Gate, Procession Street and Throne Façade from Babylon (Iraq). Glazed terracotta, reign of Nebuchadrezzar II (604 B.C.E.–562 B.C.E.).
Bilmes, Linda. "Iraq’s 100-Year Mortgage." Foreign Policy [Carnegie Endowment for International Peace] (March/April 2008): The price tag for caring for the Americans who fight this war could exceed what it costs to wage it.
Photo and text credits: (c) Richard Hooker and World Civilizations: An Internet Classroom and Anthology. (c) Vorderasiatisches Museum: Museum of the Ancient Near East [National Museums of Berlin] and (c) James Thresher and the Washington Post. All rights reserved. With thanks.
Poetry Reading: Edward Hirsch
March 19, 2008, 8:00 PM
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall, American University, Washington, D.C. Free.