Babylonian era problems. (photo via tbc_ 34)
old school hate mail
Imagine how pissed you have to be to engrave a rock
but there was this guy called who was a total crook and
would actually cheat people ought of good copper and sell them shit
The amount of correspondences complaining to and about this guy are
Are you telling me we know about a specific guy who lived 5000 years
ago, by name, because he was a huge asshole
More like 4000 years ago but yes. and his dodgy business
And we havent even touched on the true hilarity of the situation yet.
Consider two additional facts:
I He wasn' tjust into copper trading. There are letters complaining
about ' s business practices with respect to everything
from kitchenware; to real estate speculation to
clothing. The guy was everywhere.
I The majority of the surviving correspondences regarding Ea-
nasir were recovered from one particular room in a building that
is believed to have been ' s own house.
Like, these are clay tablets. They' re bulky, fragile, and difficult to store.
They typically weren' t kept longstory unless they contained financial
records or other vital information (which is why we have huge reams of
financial data about ancient Babylon in spite of how little we know about
the actual culture: most of the surviving tablets are commercial
inventories, bills of sale, etc)
But this guy, this , he kept all of his angry letters - hundreds of
them - and meticulously filed and preserved them in a dedicated room
in his house. What kind tfguy does that?