Who was the world's first author? - Soraya Field Fiorio

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Jan van der Crabben
by TED-Ed
published on 30 March 2020

Travel back in time to ancient Mesopotamia and meet Enheduanna, a high priestess and the world’s first author.

4,300 years ago in ancient Sumer, the most powerful person in the city of Ur was banished to wander the vast desert. Her name was Enheduanna, and by the time of her exile, she had written forty-two hymns and three epic poems— and Sumer hadn’t heard the last of her. Who was this woman, and why was she exiled? Soraya Field Fiorio details the life of history’s first author.

Lesson by Soraya Field Fiorio, directed by Laura White.

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TED-Ed, . (2020, March 30). Who was the world's first author? - Soraya Field Fiorio. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2000/who-was-the-worlds-first-author---soraya-field-fio/

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TED-Ed, . "Who was the world's first author? - Soraya Field Fiorio." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified March 30, 2020. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2000/who-was-the-worlds-first-author---soraya-field-fio/.

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TED-Ed, . "Who was the world's first author? - Soraya Field Fiorio." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 30 Mar 2020. Web. 06 Feb 2023.