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    This quote is said at the start and finish of the epic. Following the stories of Gilgamesh and Enkidu, the two character’s sagas move in arcs that perfectly contradiction and complement each other from one end of the book until the other, between the two versions of this quote. When this quote is mentioned at the end of the epic, Gilgamesh is speaking with Ur-shanabi, the boatman, after having spoken with Uta-napishti. The quote above is the last words spoken in the novel; ending there rather…

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    Palette of King Narmer. One of the most significant turning points in art history is the discovery of the Standard of Ur found in the Royal Cemetery at Ur. It is a wooden, rectangular box with narrow, trapezoid sides that is inlaid with shell, lapis lazuli, and red limestone. Just like the Palette of King Narmer, the most distinctive feature is the narrative style…

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    “Because they slew the Bull of Heaven, and slew Humbaba…between [Gilgamesh and Enkidu] let one of them die” (The Epic of Gilgamesh, Tablet 7.5-8)! In the poem, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh, demi-god and king of Uruk, suffers a tragic loss as his close friend, Enkidu, who assisted him in building an “eternal name,” is sentenced to death. Subsequent to the slaying of the monstrous guardian of the Cedar Forest, Humbaba, and the Bull of Heaven, the gods choose Enkidu to pay the ultimate price in…

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    overlooked items around our houses, but have you ever stopped to think about them? It all started when Leonard Wooley discovered a straw type item in the tomb of Queen Puabi from a Sumerian City. They were made of 5000 years ago with gold and lapis lazuli. It was used for drinking beer without swallowing dregs or chunks. Later in history, Argentina invented the bombilla according to the article, “The History of Drinking Straws.” These metallic objects were used as straws and a sieve for…

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    Cartoon Network viewers who are loyally watching Steven Universe season 4 is waiting for the release of Gem Harvest. What adventure or wonder waits the young boy, Steven, in Beach City this time? Will the Crystal Gems (Amethyst, Garnet and Pearl) have an interstellar battle? Previous reports indicate that Gem Harvest in Steven Universe season 4 is going to be about Thanksgiving. It is the 8th and 9th episode and it is going to run for 22 minutes. But some are wondering if this is going to be…

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    then they also had Kings and heroes that people looked up to for guidance. They were not as powerful as the Gods but they did have a lot of power. In ancient Mesopotamia people did a lot of storytelling and wrote poems as well. Kings valued gold, lapis lazuli, and other precious gems and stones. When Gilgamesh’s best friend died they put up a statue…

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    In 1430, Jan van Eyck painted "The man in a blue cap" using the principal medium in that time, oil on wood. Originally painted to be in the Brukenthal National Museum, is a very small piece (22.5 cm x 16.6 cm with frame and 19.1 cm x 13.2 cm without frame) , This piece still in the same place it was painted. The man is shown in three-quarters view with his face dramatically lit by light falling from the left. This device provides both striking contrasts of light and shadow and draws the…

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    found in the Royal Tombs of Ur, Uluburun shipwreck and Sweden/Scandinavia tell us that the Bronze Age world system was highly interconnected. In the Royal Tombs of Ur, there is an artifact called the Standard of Ur. This artifact was made from lapis lazuli found in Afghanistan, red marble found in India and shells found in Dilmun. These resources were not native to the area of Ur or even Mesopotamia, so we know that they were imported. The Standard of Ur is from…

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    Church of Ognissanti and depicts Saint Augustine surrounded by his books and other intellectual objects in his study (Lightbown). The lapis lazuli book, that is second on the top shelf behind Saint Augustine, “represents a bibliophile’s possession, one treated as a rare object to be treasured and tactually savored”. The book is painted with a very expensive lapis lazuli paint as opposed to the blue clock face to the right which is painted with a very common azurite paint (Stapelford). Botticelli…

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    Most people think of blue walls in a desert with palm trees when they hear the word Babylon. Many stories of the enigmatic city of Babylon have been created and told through the years. In biblical books it talks about different architectures like the Tower of Babel or the Hanging Garden of Babylon that where created in that place. Also there is a myth that says that a curse was thrown upon the city, and the result was its destruction. Myths, legends and tales attract the attention of many…

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