Happiness in ancient Sumeria

Here’s a copy of an Sumerian tablet about how the goddess Inana built her " sanctuary of Agade" which was a city.

“She endowed its old women with the gift of giving counsel, she endowed its old men with the gift of eloquence. She endowed its young women with the gift of entertaining, she endowed its young men with martial might, she endowed its little ones with joy. The nursemaids {who cared for} {(some mss. have instead:) of} the general’s children played the drumsticks. Inside the city tigi drums sounded; outside it, flutes and zamzam instruments. Its harbour where ships moored was full of joy. All foreign lands rested contentedly, and their people experienced happiness.”


Little has changed…