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Instead, he mourns for the innocent dead, for a universe which is < previous page page_48 next page > < previous page page_49 next page > Page 49 the plaything of deities as perverse and petty as humans. The images and feelings have an immediacy and a humanity that seem independent of time, cultures, and language. I hope by now you can see the outlines of a conclusion – that non-alphabetical scripts do not necessarily limit literary flair or emotional responses. Whatever separates the two systems – non-alphabetical and alphabetical – is to be sought in more than the alphabet’s greater efficiency and simplicity.
But it took years to assess these finds, and the tens of thousands of other tablets that now form the British Museum’s stupendous collection. ’ he muttered, then, as E. A. Wallis Budge describes the scene in a history of cuneiform studies, Smith put the tablet down ‘and began to rush about the room in a great state of excitement, and to the astonishment of those present, began to undress himself’. Gilgamesh astounded the Victorians partly because it cast new light on the Bible, partly because it is also one of the world’s great epics.
Obviously, the disc is a key to the use of ‘portal geometry’ and the salvation of the soul of the world. The sad truth is that so little can be gleaned from the disc that it acts as a sort of ink-blot which can be made to mean almost anything you want it to mean. There is not much hope of deriving anything more. It takes many more symbols than this, and some link with a known language, to decipher an unknown script. Unless some bilingual key is found, the disc’s language, script and information content will remain for ever enigmatic.