Welcome to my blog! Here is where I plan to discuss the philosophies of the Ancient World and compare and contrast them against our modern society. In all of the reading of History that I have done, I have noticed that the people suffered a lot of the same issues that we do today. Sometimes they handled it differently, sometimes they followed the same lines of thought that we do. I find it fascinating to delve into the lives of people who lived hundreds and thousands of years ago to see how they handled hardships, war, happiness, and joy. When it all comes down to it, the differences are not as extreme as I thought they would be, and I want to use this venue to share with all of you what I have learned.
To tell you a little about myself, my name is Joni and I am a stay at home mom. I am married to a wonderful man who has always believed in me and supported any hare-brained idea that I want to pursue. We have a seven-year-old son together who is the light of our lives. To round out our family unit, we have a zoo consisting of two cats, Ozymandias and Bre, and two dogs, Lady Ceridwen of Pembrokeshire (a mouthful, I know) and Ghost. Together we live in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and maintain a quiet life. Most of the time; parenthood is a crazy journey.
Over the course of the last ten to fifteen years, I have developed a deep-seated respect for History and what we can learn from it. Anytime I asked my teachers why we had to learn History and what we could get out of it, I was always told that History shows us what works and what doesn’t, how the mistakes of our past can cause a ripple effect that affects the entire world and the people living in it. I never really understood until I started reading about the Tudor family from England. There, I saw how King Henry VIII shook his country to the very core due to his leaving the Catholic Church in Rome. Further, his daughter Queen Mary turned that violent shift into another bloody spectacle when she tried to return the national faith to Catholicism. This resonated with me as I was able to compare the fallout of these shifts to what was happening within our own time, throughout the world. The constant Religious battle between the myriad of different religious sects and doctrines still exists and it is still bloody. This was just the beginning.
I have gone through several historical obsessions, finding a timeline that interests me so I research that time and place until I feel some semblance of satisfaction. Ancient Egypt, Rome, the founding of China have all captivated me on some level, so I kept digging. Then the day came when I was sitting with my husband watching the new incarnation of The Cosmos hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. He read a tiny piece of poetry written by an Ancient Sumerian priestess by the name of Enheduanna, then explained that she was the first person in known History to put her name to her written works, therefore making her the first known author in the world. Not only was that piece of poetry beautiful, but knowing that the first known author was a woman fascinated me. Someone who lived four thousand years ago sparked an intense desire to learn more about her. I almost felt like she was reaching through time to touch my heart and pull me into her world.
I was insatiable when it came to anything Enheduanna. I found books on Amazon, written by Betty De Shong Meador, that explained her background, her parentage (Daughter of Sargon), her struggles, her poetry, and her very real personal journey she had to take in order to restore that which had been taken from her. Further, the books discussed her worship of the goddess Inanna, as well as the moon couple, Nanna and Ningal. The more I read, the more obsessed I became. Enheduanna’s story touched me in a deeply profound way, which lead me to want to write her story within a novel in order to share it with the world. I am still in the beginning stages of the writing process, but the philosophies I have been studying, and the people who believed them, made me want to explore more deeply. That is why I have started this blog.
Since my current topic of study is Ancient Mesopotamia during the Early Dynastic III Period (2960-2360 BCE), you will see a lot of posts generating from this time period; at least in the beginning. I know this is a narrow scope, which is why I plan to branch out into different time periods and locations to bridge the gaps. This is a work in progress, and I am hoping to build a constructive and positive discussion to better be able to understand the similarities and differences of philosophy throughout time.