Sumerian Anxiety Dream
*bolts upright, panicking in cuneiform*
I forgot to meticulously track the next eclipse!
I forgot to corroborate my archives with Mycenaean pottery!
Did I file Enmebaragesi with the rulers of Kish, or with the client-kings of Uruk?
I forgot to rotate the pictograms into abstracted glyphs, c. 2600 BCE!
Did I remember to reintroduce determinative signs to reduce ambiguity?
Did I remember to break everything into fragments, so you can’t read any of the narratives without running into a long section like:
sendwards to [disputed]
Did I remember to rotate all the wedge-tipped pictographs 90 degrees for unknown reasons before the Akkadian period??
Did I remember to lament the ruins of Ur?
Did I describe the crisis brought on by the advent of the Sea Peoples from […] and the collapse of […] in incredibly vague terms, remembering to shed almost no light on the causes of the Bronze Age Collapse?
I forgot to explain how to use inclined planes to reduce the stages of brick-drying that make […] possible!
….seven….[fragment missing]be aware of them who
these transgressions [indecipherable]…when your messenger arrived…?
[fragment missing] May you know it! May you know it!
…a small canal…the Kassites…[canoe?]
….beat the mayor to death…[fragment ends abruptly]