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Kith and Kin in Cuneiform with Kia: Meeting the Seventh

Monday, April 27 2020 • 0:30 AM - 3:00 AM

Join the Philomathean Society this Saturday at 20:33 EDT for our traditional biweekly meetings - now online (Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88338113731). We will have a debate about the role of mass surveillance in society, lively conversation between members and guests (hopefully), and to cap it all off, a literary exercise presented by JM Kia DaSilva. Kia will be talking about Kith and Kin in Cuneiform, a smattering of fun stories about families as told through cuneiform texts! As a bit of a teaser: 'Istanbul #2461', or The Love Song for Shu-Sin, the oldest surviving love poem in the world, written in cuneiform, translated by Samuel Noah Kramer The Love Song for Shu-Sin Bridegroom, dear to my heart, Goodly is you beauty, honeysweet, Lion, dear to my heart, Goodly is your beauty, honeysweet. You have captivated me, let me stand tremblingly before you. Bridegroom, I would be taken by you to the bedchamber, You have captivated me, let me stand tremblingly before you. Lion, I would be taken by you to the bedchamber. Bridegroom, let me caress you, My precious caress is more savoury than honey, In the bedchamber, honey-filled, Let me enjoy your goodly beauty, Lion, let me caress you, My precious caress is more savoury than honey. Bridegroom, you have taken your pleasure of me, Tell my mother, she will give you delicacies, My father, he will give you gifts. Your spirit, I know where to cheer your spirit, Bridegroom, sleep in our house until dawn, Your heart, I know where to gladden your heart, Lion, sleep in our house until dawn. You, because you love me, Give me pray of your caresses, My lord god, my lord protector, My Shu-Sin, who gladdens Enlil's heart, Give my pray of your caresses. Your place goodly as honey, pray lay (your) hand on it, Bring (your) hand over like a gishban-garment, Cup (your) hand over it like a gishban-sikin-garment

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