September 2017

Ten Truths for the Overwhelmed Student

Mr. MiyagiI hear you're feeling a bit overwhelmed with school - and maybe with life, too. Fortunately, I'm old and wise; perhaps I can help.

Normally I'd start by asking you what's on your mind, or what you think is causing your difficulties. Being as how this is a blog, however, and a bit... one-directional, I'll just skip to the wisdom and insight. It applies most of the time anyway.

Ashurbanipal the... Librarian? (From "Have To" History)

Ashurbanipal1. The world’s oldest known librarian – or at least the driving force behind the world’s oldest known library. And it was a big one.

2. King of Assyria (Mesopotamia) during its zenith, but educated with the assumption he’d never actually assume the throne.

3. Collection includes the oldest surviving tales of Creation, the Great Flood, and other suggestions the Old Testament might have borrowed a bit from prior cultures. This occasionally leads to hostility and inflamed passions as history and theology rub one another the wrong way.

Hammurabi, King of Babylon (from "Have To" History)

Three Big Things:

Hammurabi Blue

1. Responsible for the best-known and arguably most influential set of legal codes in the ancient world. Key issue: they were written down and publicly posted. 

2. Brought Mesopotamia together as a more-or-less united empire (this time with Babylon as the seat of central authority) for the first time since Sargon six centuries prior. 

3. Seriously, the written law thing. It’s just huge. “An eye for an eye”? That was his. Innocent until proven guilty? Punishment fitting the crime? Throwing people in rivers to see if they float? That’s Hammurabi, baby.