Monday, May 08, 2006
The first author in history, that we can name anyway
Books, People, Life
Talk about immortal, and starting a trend, Gilgamesh, who was the king of Uruk in Babylonia, on the River Euphrates in modern Iraq, lived about 2700 B.C.. Many stories and myths were written about Gilgamesh, some of which were written down about 2000 B.C. in the Sumerian language on clay tablets which still survive. The fullest surviving version, is derived from twelve stone tablets, in the Akkadian language, found in the ruins of the library of Ashurbanipal, king of Assyria 669-633 B.C., at Nineveh. The library was destroyed by the Persians in 612 B.C., and all the tablets are damaged.
The tablets name an author, which is extremely rare in the ancient world, this authors name is Shin-eqi-unninni, the oldest known author we can name by name. This guy is number one, the first. Type in the word immortality, and you are bound to come accross this author. Don't know what his name will an in another thousand years, but for now, his is numero uno.
You think of what the internet has done, it has given all of our thoughts and ideas an infinite life span. We all now have digital records of everything we do, pictures, emails, purchases, blogs, all of these making permanent records of who we are. Possibly making all of us, Immortal.