Gudea, Simple Governor of Lagaš


Jason Kuznicki

Jason Kuznicki is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and contributor of Cato Unbound. He's on twitter as JasonKuznicki. His interests include political theory and history.

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  1. OK, that does it. I’ve been trying to figure this out all day, and I give. Can you please explain to me what on earth this means?Report

    • Avatar Jason Kuznicki says:

      I don’t fully understand it myself.

      I half-wrote a stemwinder about how we justify claims of political authority, but it never really went anywhere. And the most marvelous thing about these two sentences is that they aren’t Sumerian at all. They’re Wikipedian, and unsourced, and I can’t even readily tell where they came from. So what kind of authority is that?Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

        It reads to me like a paraphrase of Gudea’s statement:

        “since the earliest days, since the seed sprouted forth, no one was (ever) supposed to alter the utterance of a ruler of Lagaš who, after building the Eninnu for my lord Ningirsu, made things function as they should”

        and an explanation of how if differs from the strictures issued by earlier kings.Report

  2. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Who recognizes the name ” Lagaš”? (I’d expect Jason might.)Report