The World's Oldest Love Poem: The Love Song of Shu-Sin

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The World's Oldest Love Poem was discovered in the library of Ashurbanipal in Mesopotamia. Known as the Love Song of Shu-Sin, the World's Oldest Love Poem is about both romantic and erotic love, and was read as a part of a sacred ritual known as the 'sacred marriage.' In honour of Valentines Day on February 14th, this video chats about the discovery of the poem, it's part in the sacred marriage, and then it is read in full! Prior to the discovery of the Love Song of Shu-Sin, The Song of Solomon from the bible was considered the oldest love poem!

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The World's Oldest Love Poem - https://ancient.eu/article/750/the-worlds-oldest-love-poem/
Ashurbanipal - https://ancient.eu/Ashurbanipal/
Inanna - https://ancient.eu/Inanna/

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— CHAPTERS —
0:00 Introduction
0:35 Where do we find the World's Oldest Love Poem?
1:30 The Discovery of the Love Song of Shu-Sin
2:16 The Love Song of Shu-Sin in Translation
3:38 The Extent of the History of Romantic Love

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has recently completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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Macquire, K. (2021, February 02). The World's Oldest Love Poem: The Love Song of Shu-Sin. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2274/the-worlds-oldest-love-poem-the-love-song-of-shu-s/

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Macquire, Kelly. "The World's Oldest Love Poem: The Love Song of Shu-Sin." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified February 02, 2021. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2274/the-worlds-oldest-love-poem-the-love-song-of-shu-s/.

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Macquire, Kelly. "The World's Oldest Love Poem: The Love Song of Shu-Sin." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 02 Feb 2021. Web. 24 Sep 2021.