The EPIC OF GILGAMESH is the earliest great work of literature that we know of, and was first written down by the Sumerians around 2100 B.C.
Ancient Sumer was the land that lay between the two rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates, in Mesopotamia. The language that the Sumerians spoke was unrelated to the Semitic languages of their neighbors the Akkadians and Babylonians, and it was written in a syllabary (a kind of alphabet) called “cuneiform”. By 2000 B.C., the language of Sumer had almost completely died out and was used only by scholars (like Latin is today). No one knows how it was pronounced because it has not been heard in 4000 years.
What you hear in this video are a few of the opening lines of part of the epic poem, accompanied only by a long-neck, three-string, Sumerian lute known as a “ngish-gu-di”. The instrument is tuned to G - G - D, and although it is similar to other long neck lutes still in use today (the tar, the setar, the saz, etc.) the modern instruments are low tension and strung with fine steel wire. The ancient long neck lutes (such as the Egyptian “nefer”) were strung with gut and behaved slightly differently. The short-neck lute known as the “oud” is strung with gut/nylon, and its sound has much in common with the ancient long-neck lute although the oud is not a fretted instrument and its strings are much shorter (about 25 inches or 63 cm) as compared to 32 inches (82 cm) on a long-neck instrument.
For anyone interested in these lutes, I highly recommend THE ARCHAEOMUSICOLOGY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST by Professor Richard Dumbrill.
The location for this performance is the courtyard of Nebuchadnezzar’s palace in Babylon. The piece is four minutes long and is intended only as a taste of what the music of ancient Sumer might have sounded like.
For @butteredonions who’s been having quite a hectic week, and then got injured on top of it. Hope this helps a little ~
—— Shiro’s walking through the dining hall when he hears a magnificent crash.
He freezes in place immediately. The noise had sounded like it came from the kitchen, and sure enough five ticks later he hears a loud, “Aw, quiznak!” from the hall leading to it. It sounds like Hunk, which isn’t unusual for this part of the Castle normally…but the crashing certainly is. Hunk takes good care of the kitchen, providing it’s not malfunctioning.
Shiro hesitates for barely a second before heading for the kitchen. Hunk had banned him from being in it while he was cooking ages ago, but, well, it sounds like this could be something of an emergency.
-she would actually be shy when she asked you out the first time, because she’s never asked out a girl before and unlike boys (whom she can always just assume are attracted to her) you were a wild card
-your first date was hella extravagant because this girl is old money
-her bringing you a rose on your first date and shyly giving it to you
-her being oddly quiet for most of the first date until you grab her hand over the table and tell her ‘Cheryl, i agreed to go on a date with you. dont hide yourself. its okay, im not going to judge you or leave or do anything like that.’
-from that moment on she would be herself, knowing you accepted her
-her accepting you completely
-her being very proud that you are dating
-her sitting next to you in every class because no one would dare take her spot next to you
-sweet kisses on the cheek
-she loves doing that thing where she grabs your face, scrunches it up and plants a giant kiss on your cheek
-her lipstick is too high class to leave marks so she actually buys the shitty kind just so she can leave red lip stick marks on you
-getting matching princess rings
-her family learning to accept you because you’re actually super great and even they cant find flaws in you
-unfortunately, Cheryl is a jealous type, but that just means you get to have extra PDA when people she doesn’t like are around
-playing/braiding/doing her hair
-her doing your makeup
-face masks and movie nights together
-having long baths together in her huge tub
-matching kimonos that slightly cover your gorgeous lingerie you two wear whenever you’re alone.
-her fingers gliding over your skin teasingly
-rough kisses where she pulls at your hair
-her practicing dancing in front of you which usually becomes a strip tease because this is Cheryl we’re talking about
-people catching you wearing some of her clothing the day after you sleep over at her place
-spa days where you paint each others nails
-sneaking around her huge house after her parents are asleep
-re-enacting Romeo and Juliet outside her window that one time she got mad at you and her forgiving you instantly
-watching old movies and coming up with witty comebacks she can say to people who annoy her
-every month you celebrate your anniversary and she gets you some extravagant present, although she would never tell you how much something costs (but its a lot)
-cuddling while you read together
-she loves taking pictures of you to put on her instagram (all color coordinated and aesthetically pleasing of course)
-little surprise presents in your locker or on your notebook in class
summary:they say friends with benefits never works. fun turns into feelings and everyone gets hurt. you and jungkook are no different to the stereotype. jungkook is in too deep for comfort and you’re not sure if you can return what he wants. after all, he is a sought after celebrity and you know the consequences of playing with a little too much fire.
The sun is bright, almost too bright as you finally open your eyes from your deep slumber. Not only is the sun too bright, but it is also too damn hot in this room. Your vision blurs together to a couple seconds before it clears, comprehending my surroundings. A familiar sight covers your eyes and you go to stretch your body out until you are halted by a heavy entity; another body. You glance up to the left to be met with soft brown hair dangling, closed eyes, and slightly parted mouth that breathes slowly in and out. Memories flash across your mind as you remember the first time you saw the now familiar face.
Mo Guanshan, of course, that’s no secret. Even after years, He Tian is not allowed to touch a single pan in the kitchen.
How often do they fight?
Seriously? Mo Guanshan is the epitome of arguments and He Tian is Satan, there will be blood. ….fine, fine. Joke. They won’t fight that often because He Tian doesn’t want to. It’s simply unnecessary to show off his capability of brainfucking and physically overpowering someone he loves and whenever Mo Guanshan gets angry at him, He Tian manages to appease him by listening what the redhead has to say. He actually is a good listener. Mo Guanshan knows it and curses himself for forgiving the devil so easily.
What do they do when they’re away from each other?
Good question. Work? Or if they aren’t at their jobs, Mo Guanshan perhaps goes kickboxing or on a tour with his motorbike and also does the laundry and dishes and cleaning because He fucking Tian is 2 meters tall, also a male supermodel and his gorgeous smile is killing everyone who looks at him, “BUT. THAT BASTARD. CAN’T. DO. THE FUCKING HOUSEHOLD.” He Tian is probably fucking everyone up. Don’t know how and we better not question it, Mo Guanshan asked one time and the dangerous, dirty smirk he got was enough to leave him shaking. Nope. Not doing that again.
Nicknames for each other?
Despite being cruel and evil and badass, He Tian loves the redhead more than anything else, he calls him so many cheesy nicknames, Mo Guanshan wants to constantly puke. Most of them are still from their time in middle school, it amuses He Tian to remind him of all the shit they did, although he now adds “my” to everything he says. Like “My little Mo”, “My beautiful, little redhead”, “My little Mountain…” whatever. Mo Guanshan settles for bastard, idiot, fucker and every other insult what comes to mind. He doesn’t mean it and He Tian isn’t even going to complain because duh, he KNOWS. Always knew it.
Who is more likely to pay for dinner?
He Tian. Rich kid became rich adult. Everytime they go to the restaurant, Mo Guanshan wants to pay “for fucking once” but He Tian is not having any of that. He distracts the redhead or says that he is going to the toilet or even steals Mo Guanshan’s wallet out of his hands without the redhead even noticing and when they’re leaving, Mo Guanshan finally understands that he had been tricked. AGAIN.
Who steals the covers at night?
Mo Guanshan, He Tian is awake most of the night and when he sleeps, he is as cold as a corpse, laying on his back with crossed arms over his chest and he doesn’t move an inch. Well, after snatching away the warm blanket, one time the redhead’s guilty conscience makes him feel that traitorous that he sighs and spreads it over them both. Only to almost scream when he feels an arm pulling him to the broad, trained but freezing chest and hears the soft laughing at his ear.
“Couldn’t let me die, hm~?” “JESUS, ARE YOU MADE OF ICE OR WH…! FUCK THE HELL OFF!” “You could warm me up properly, how about that…?” “IT’S 4 A.M. IN THE FUCKING MORNING, LIKE HELL I WILL!”
He Tian only chuckles and buries his nose in the red hair. Mo Guanshan is glad that in the dark, Satan can’t see his bright red face.
What would they get each other for gifts?
He Tian gets the redhead everything he sets his eyes on. Really. Money doesn’t matter and Mo Guanshan tries to stop him. But since it’s He Tian we’re talking about, to no avail. A new pillow because the old one is worn off? No problem, darling, He Tian makes sure you’ll have a new one when you go to bed for the next time. One of Mo Guanshan’s favorite movies will be out in the store the next few days? He Tian will be the one who ordered it weeks ago to have it delivered before it even is officially released. One of his little Mountain’s earstuds has gone missing? Do not despair, your husband will buy you twenty new pairs. Mo Guanshand tells him it’s ridiculous. (And secretly loves him for being such a dork, caring that much about his well-being.) The redhead on the other hand gifts the blackhaired man preferably with cold glares, snorts and ignorance, but if he finds something that He Tian would like, he doesn’t hesitate to gather his savings to buy it for him. Rather difficult because this guy already has everything. He Tian tells him he doesn’t have to, but Mo Guanshan insists and “If you don’t accept this proof of my debatable love for you shithead, I’ll beat you up with it, just so you know. Now shut the fuck up and kiss me, damn it.”
Who remembers things?
Both. He Tian is by far more unforgiving than the devil himself if it’s something he really despises. Also he likes to bring up old stories and embarrass the living crap out of his Mountain. For doing house-related stuff, his brain is useless. Mo Guanshan also has developed a sharp mind, but he rather does not talk about the past. Too annoying and if He Tian doesn’t stop telling everyone how they became a couple, he will go berserk. Otherwise, he never forgets a single thing when he’s out for grocery shopping.
Who cusses more?
Mo Guanshan, 100%. Still a foul mouth.
What would they do if the other one was hurt? (Scenario after a fight)
If it’s Mo Guanshan who is physically hurt and you are the cause for it, you better RUN. Or jump off a building. Because He Tian is going to hunt you down with fire and steel after he made sure that the redhead is safe. And he WILL find you, wherever you are. You would be well advised if you already dig your own grave. He Tian is a person who is never physically hurt. Or pretends it. Mo Guanshan knows him well enough to know when he lies and after receiving a good verbal scolding, He Tian’s going to be treated like gold. Getting his wounds cleaned and bandaged with utmost care and after the redhead is done, Mo Guanshan would bed him on the mattress, tell him that he will be back in a while and is about to leave, when He Tian grabs his wrist. “You will not search for him, Mountain. The matter is settled and I want you here. Stay.”
Who kissed who first?
He Tian kissed Mo Guanshan in middle school. (That’s canon.) Mo Guanshan still hits his husband when he thinks about it.
Who made the first move?
Also He Tian, because if there’s something -or in this case, someone- he wants, he gets it/them.
Who started the relationship?
I’d like to imagine it’s Mo Guanshan. He Tian confesses his true feelings and Mo Guanshan first doesn’t believe shit he says, but after a night full of thinking and growling and hitting his bed sheets and realizations, he can’t deny anymore that he also loves this bastard and more, wants him by his side. Wants his presence all around him, wants him to hold him. The next day, he walks up to the blackhaired man, slams his palm against his chest and tells him straight-forward that he probably shouldn’t tell him, but he wants him by his side. Wants to be with him. Mo Guanshan is red as a lobster, and He Tian just stares at him in disbelief, after all, he didn’t dare to imagine in his wildest dreams that the redhead would ever like him enough to stay. Wordlessly, he grabs the redhaired man’s cheeks, very gently, and after a short moment and a deep gaze into his eyes, he kisses him. This time, he had seen it in his face that Mo Guanshan trusted him and his lips pull into a content, honest smile at the other’s warm, soft ones, when he feels him kissing back. Nothing could ever ruin this moment and they both realize that that’s what they longed for all the time. Would live for, from now on and the thought makes Mo Guanshan smile, too.
You hear it now too, don’t you? The song is now yours, just as the story has always been yours. And with this final piece, your understanding of these impossible events is complete. Like I said before, you’re ready now. Darkness surrounds you, but be not afraid. After all, you’re going to win. We know that much. But that is the limit of my knowledge. You’re all caught up now. Whatever happens next, well, we’ll just have to find out… Together
Part of a series of adventurous but critically claimed “near misses” from Disney’s late 90′s and early 2000′s run, Atlantis is still a beloved movie that claims and exceptional cast and some of the best CGI and hand animation fusions that would later fuel the stylings of modern cartoons and Disney’s Tangled and Frozen. The story follows a series of adventurers into the lost city of Atlantis, deep beneath the ocean. They find that the city is still alive, if not thriving, and work to bring it above the waves once again and returned to its former glory. Kida is the princess of Atlantis, although she eventually becomes its queen. The film is also notable for having much of its production art done by comic artist Mike Mignola.
Although its been just over a year, you’ve accomplished so much while only being 17. You debuted (three times), created lyrics for 11 tracks, went on School Rapper (and made it to the finals), featured on not one, but two STATION songs, did Snowball Project with Henry and Parc Jaejung, danced and sung the official U20 FIFA World Cup song, got your first win with NCT Dream and on top of all that you promoted with NCT U, NCT 127 and NCT Dream for 6 different promotional cycles. You still stay happy and laugh and smile, you never slack and do things your best. Taeyong might word it that you’re “going through puberty”, but you’re growing up right before my eyes and it makes my heart go all squishy. As a person going through university and doing the ‘growing up’ thing as well, you inspire me each day to work towards my dreams and put my all into what I do. You’re the markle sparkle that lights up my life and I really hope your 18th year is filled with as much happiness and love and smiles as you bring to me.