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02-10-2015, 10:13 AM
RE: First recorded name in history.
(30-09-2015 03:39 PM)epronovost Wrote:  
(30-09-2015 12:28 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  Wow, I always thought it was Enheduanna the Akkadian Priestess.

So, this tablet is actually nearly a thousand years older than her and her writings? Or am I missing something here?

She «invented» litterature so to speak, not signing documents. All the earliest written documents were designed for accounting. It's hard to make long calculus in your head, but much easier when written down. It's also handy to keep an exact record of your food production to plan ahead your next year.

Okay, that makes sense. I had just always heard that she was the first person to have recorded events in writing.

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02-10-2015, 11:48 AM (This post was last modified: 02-10-2015 11:59 AM by Tartarus Sauce.)
RE: First recorded name in history.
There's another candidate for earliest recorded name in history and he is indeed a king. Ancient Egyptian civilization transitioned through many different periods of varying levels of political hegemony in its 3000+ years of history, but the first Pharoah credited with uniting Upper Egypt and Lower Egyt under his rule is Narmer (although some credit this to Hor-Aha, his successor, instead) in the 31st century BCE, kick starting the Early Dynastic period of Ancient Egypt. It's theorized that Predynastic Egyptian rulers that reigned over autonomous regions before Narmer have a rather short history, perhaps a couple of centuries at most, but the earliest of these rulers we know the name of is Iry-Hor. He's dated to the century before Narmer, around the same period those Sumerian tablets mentioned in the OP are believed to have been made.

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02-10-2015, 12:34 PM
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Doesn't surprise me at all that the first recorded name would appear on an invoice or receipt.
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05-10-2015, 12:03 PM
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(30-09-2015 08:52 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  Here's the tablet. It's pretty cool.

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It reads: 29,086 measures barley 37 months,
Kushim.

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05-10-2015, 01:44 PM
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(23-08-2015 09:34 PM)Chas Wrote:  
(23-08-2015 07:56 PM)The Organic Chemist Wrote:  Chas?




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05-10-2015, 04:25 PM
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(30-09-2015 08:52 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  Here's the tablet. It's pretty cool.

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It reads: 29,086 measures barley 37 months,
Kushim.

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This tablet must have come from a Sumerian grocery list.

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05-10-2015, 04:53 PM
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(23-08-2015 07:56 PM)The Organic Chemist Wrote:  Chas?

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