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Dr Bawand suddenly interrupted by declaring that they were Sumerians, not Arabs.
The Sumerians as an ethno-linguistic group, people in southern Babylonia who spoke the Sumerian language for most or all of the third millennium B.
of Melbourne, Australia, provides a succinct account of the geography, peoples, history, religions, and culture of a region that was central to the emergence of civilization under the Sumerians and actively productive as part of the Silk Road throughout its history (which he covers through the Ottomans).
The Sumerians were the first people to grow crops, construct tall buildings, and create a writing system.
In that Sumerians had neither suede nor shoes, per se, the title translates into Esir Kus Za-gin, literally "sandals of leather of the colour of a blue gem".
What the tablets will definitely shed light on is the manner in which the Sumerians of southern Mesopotamia passed on their writing skills to other people in the Middle East.
Mathematicians had found fractions difficult to handle ever since the days of the Sumerians.
About that same time, Sumerians began to store tokens in clay balls, or envelopes, and to affix signs on the balls specifying an office or an individual, the kinds of products dealt with, and the number of goods involved.
Either in name or in form, and often in both, many can be followed from Greece and Rome back to the early civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia (modern Iraq): the Assyrians, the Babylonians, and, most ancient of all, the Sumerians.
In this particular myth, however, analogies to the regular real world as the ancient Sumerians would have experienced and understood it are to be found on the immediate surface of the text (see below).
Did you know that the Sumerians, members of one of the world's most influential civilizations, lived in the Middle East about 4,500 years ago?