Bringing the textbook to a scholarly quality was my Fall 2022 discipline project for Des Moines Area Community College’s (DMACC’s) Honors program, with supervision and input by Professor Charles Irwin during his Ancient to Mod. Western Civ. class. I expect the book to available fall 2024. To help support my writing, please donate to my fundraiser.
This textbook is about shows the archaeological evidence of humanity’s oldest known writings and the cultures who created them – Sumerian, Egyptian, Haltamti (aka Elamite), Akkadian, and several others. To put this into perspective, many of these languages appeared around 4000-3000 BCE, while Proto-Hebrew only begins to appear around 900 BCE. The books teaches about the earliest archaeological evidence of money, commerce, government, and law tablets – and thus – the beginnings of the modern day legal system. Humanity’s first known empire was created (and overthrown) in this region of the world, however all of these artifacts – from languages to money to law tablets – were buried underground from around 600 BCE until the 1850s CE. Many of them were only translated within the past 20 years at the University of Oxford, and now AI is helping us to decipher them faster than ever.
Offering a unique, beautiful layout – this book is not just for schools. This is the type of book you’ll want to keep on your coffee table to impress your friends. Wow them with fantastic photos of humanity’s known origins, shown like never before in Inside the Library of Ashurbanipal.
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