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Sumerian Door Socket

This stone door socket from Lagash bears a dedicatory inscription written in Sumerian cuneiform (enlarged in the second image) from Gudea, the “ENSI” of Lagash, to Ningirsu, the patron god of that city. The Sumerian title of “ENSI”, which is usually spelled with the cuneiform signs PA.TE.SI as they appear in line 5 of this inscription, has no exact translation in English but designates a ruler, perhaps akin to a governor or prince, of a city-state. (Source)

Lagash II (c. 2200-2100).

National Museum of Iraq. Photo from CDLI.

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Baghdad’s National Museum of Iraq reopens in rebuke to Islamic State

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T’ Nashshunal Museum o'Iraq, shutteret 12 yeers ago n’ t'wake o’t’ kuntry’s invasion by U.S.-let troops, has reopenet n’ Baghdad. Accerdyun’ ta t'BBC, t'openyun’ date wuz movet up ta Saturdee n’ direck response ta a …

National Museum Of Iraq Reopens As ISIS Threat Casts Dark Shadow

National Museum Of Iraq Reopens As ISIS Threat Casts Dark Shadow

The Baghdad museum, home to many of Iraq’s cultural treasures, had been closed since 2003.

ISIS, the Sunni militant group wreaking violent havoc in Syria and Iraq, is fast extending its reach, claiming Iraqi cities as far southward as Ramadi. That dark shadow didn’t stop Iraqis in nearby Baghdad, 80 miles to the southeast, from turning out in droves last week for the re-opening of the National…

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