Picture of the ruins of Uruk, with a quote from the Epic of Gilgamesh.

He built the town wall of Uruk, city of sheepfolds,

of the sacred precinct of Inanna, the holy storehouse.

Look at its wall with its frieze like bronze!

Gaze at its bastions, which none can equal!

Take the stone stairs that are from times of old,

Approach Inanna, the seat of Ishtar,

the like of which no later king -- no man -- will ever make.

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Sin-liqi-unnninni, 700 B.C.