Bees that collect honey …

 

 Stele showing Shamash-resh-ușur praying to the gods Adad and Ishtar with an inscription in Babylonian cuneiform.

Stele showing Shamash-resh-ușur praying to the gods Adad and Ishtar with an inscription in Babylonian cuneiform.

I am Shamash-resh-ușur, the governor of Suhu and the land of Mari. Bees that collect honey, which none of my ancestors had ever seen or brought into the land of Suhu, I brought down from the mountain of the men of Habha, and made them settle in the orchards of the town ‘Gabbari-built-it’. They collect honey and wax, and I know how to melt the honey and wax – and the gardeners know too. Whoever comes in the future, may he ask the old men of the town, (who will say) thus: “They are the buildings of Shamash-resh-ușur, the governor of Suhu, who introduced honey bees into the land of Suhu.”

— translated text from stele, (Dalley, 2002)
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