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Istanbul 2461

In the Mesopotamia Hall at the Istanbul Museum of the Ancient Orient, there is an ancient Sumerian cuneiform tablet with an interesting poem engraved. It contains a balbale that is thought to be the oldest love poem ever found, known by the title Bridegroom, Spend the Night in Our House Till Dawn.

Unearthed at the archaeological site of Nippur during the late 1880s, the poem is a monologue directed to Shu-Sin, king of the Neo-Sumerian Empire. It’s told from the perspective of a female speaker, who expresses her intense longing for the king in an erotic manner.

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