Saturday is for Sumerian Proverbs: Fate as a Dog Edition

This Saturday’s Sumerian Proverb (which, as usual, is drawn from Bendt Alster’s book, Proverbs of Ancient Sumer) is another example of an interesting metaphorical string.  Enjoy!

“Fate is a dog, well able to bite.

It clings like  dirty rags (saying),

‘Who is my man? Let him know it!’”

2:11

Saturday is for Sumerian Proverbs: The Donkey as a Metaphor Edition

It has been a while since I have published anything for this series.  So I decided to give you a bit more commentary on one of the Sumerian proverbs from Bendt Alster’s book, Proverbs of Ancient Sumer.

“My youthful vigor left my loins

like a runaway donkey”

9 Sec. A8

I really enjoyed this metaphor.  The primary subject is [...]

Saturday is for Sumerian Proverbs

Todays random Sumerian Proverb from Bendt Alster’s book, Proverbs of Ancient Sumer is as follows:

A fox urinated into the sea.

“All of the sea is my urine,”

it said. (2.67)

Akkadian and Sumerian Titles on Sale at Eisenbrauns

Just wanted to let everyone know that Eisenbrauns is running their annual summer sale on Akkadian and Summerian Titles  (10-30% off).  Check it out here.

Saturday is for Sumerian Proverbs: July 4th

Occasionally (when I haven’t been bogged down with other responsibilities), I post a Sumerian Proverb from Bendt Alster title, Proverbs of Ancient Sumer.

“If the scribe does not know how to grasp the meaning, how will the translator succeed”

A bonus Proverb:

“The man who lifts does not fart”

Saturday is for Sumerian Proverbs

Its time for another installment of Saturday is for Sumerian Proverbs.  Each Saturday I will share a Sumerian proverb in translation.  The proverbs are taken from Bendt Alster’s book, Proverbs of Ancient Sumer.

Today’s proverb is:

“Good Fortune reinforces organization and wisdom”

There is also a variant version of this proverb:

“Good Fortune is embedded in organization and wisdom”

Both [...]