Love, Sex and Desire in the Ancient World. Love at the Beginning of Civilization The Geography of Mesopotamia. SUMER: The First Civilization. Sumerian Writing c. 3100-2800 = Protoliterate period pictographic writing c. 2800 = Literate period begins syllabic writing. Key Terms cuneiform.
Sargon of Akkad
Stela of Naram-Sin
Wide Earth put on silver metal and lapis-lazuli ornaments,
Adorned herself with diorite, chalcedony, cornelian, and diamonds.
Sky (An) covered the pasture with [irresistible] sexual attraction, presented himself in majesty,
The pure young woman (Earth) showed herself to the pure Sky,
The vast Sky copulated with the wide Earth,
The seed of the heroes Wood and Reed he ejaculated into her womb.
The Earth, the good cow, received the good seed of Sky in her womb.
The Earth, for the happy birth of the plants of Life, presented herself.”
He stood up full of lust like an attacking bull,
Lifted his penis, ejaculated,
Filled the [Euphrates] with flowing water.”
Like a great wild bull he thrilled the heart of the Tigris, [stood by] as it gave birth.”
filled into the womb.