The Babylon Bulletin

Babylonian Monthly Newspaper

To My Fellow Babylonians,

In this extraordinary Babylonian newspaper, you will hear the following news sections going on in your city-state: Reputable Royal News, Intelligent Inventions, Woeful Warfare, Amazing Architecture, Favorable Food, Terrific or Horrific Trade, and more! I hope you enjoy the intriguing, yet surprising, breaking news we have to share with you!


Sincerely,

Babylon Bulletin Committee (BBC)


Farewell!

Reputable Royal News

Babylon's New King!

Nebuchadnezzar is the new king of Babylon! Every citizen is cheering him on in the streets and are so happy for their new king! Do you want to meet your new king? Well, if you come early in the morning, you can meet him at the next festival at the Gates of Ishtar.


Let Us Honor Hammurabi!

Let us all be thankful for Hammurabi's Code, which Hammurabi received from the gods to make our civilization more civilized! But.... is Hammurabi's Code really worth it? What do you think? Below, are some real life predicaments that our scribes have taken the time to interview and write about. Find out what your fellow Babylonian citizens think of being ruled under Hammurabi's Code!

Comments

"Hammurabi? Who is he? Well how should I know if I'm kept in gates watching someone's cattle! (Not that I am complaining because I don't want to die) My master is going to whip me if I don't gather the eggs from the chicken pen before 4:00, so.... bye.

- Ashurtern, slave, age 17


"Last night, my mother gave me corn! Corn! Oh, my goodness! Just because I am adopted, doesn't mean my mom shouldn't know that I am allergic to corn! I mean, don't they have laws for that? Hammurabi's Code has almost every law imaginable, but there are some things that I don't like about it as well. I refused to eat the corn, and I got thrown into the street with no dinner for the whole night! I mean, come on! How unfair is that?"

- Ataria, unmarried, age 13


"I am a farmer, which means I am low on the social hierarchy. I work everyday and maybe night, watering, plowing, and harvesting, and all I get is the leftovers of what I sell each month. That is not even enough to feed my family for a week! What is my family going to eat? If I use the leftovers to trade for a plow or clothes, what will I spend to buy food for my family to eat! I can't grow carrots in five minutes!"

- Ramish, farmer, age 34


"Can we just forget about Hammurabi already? I am king! Me, Nebuchadnezzar, not Hammurabi! Over here! Look at me! I am the new King of Babylon!"

- Nebuchadnezzar, king-god, age 27

Amazing Architecture

Deeper into the Hanging Gardens

Why?


- the gardens were built by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar's wife, Amytis, missed Persia, her home, when she moved to Babylon. Babylon was very flat and dry, and had very little rain and had very little greenery. Persia was very mountainous, so Nebuchadnezzar had the gardens built for her so it would resemble where she used to live.


Where?


- the gardens are located by the side of the Euphrates River in Babylon


Intelligent Inventions

Here are some of the marvelous inventions that have been made in the past couple thousand years...

Woeful Warfare

Available Job: Soldier and/or general

The Daily Jobs of a Soldier and/or General:


-protect the citizens

-protect the king

-protect the city

-protect the merchandise (new, because of trading situation)

-fight the enemies


But beware.... danger is ahead!


Daily Dangers of a Soldier and/or General:

You can be...


-stabbed

-killed

-decapitated

-involved in harsh fighting

-in extreme temperatures and weather conditions

-caught in fights with weapons

Favorable Food

Marduk Cornbread:

Total Time: 25 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


Ingredients:


1 1/4 cups flour

3/4 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

1/4 cup oil

1 egg, slightly beaten


Directions:


1. Heat up the fire.

2. Put about some butter in a pan and set it on the fire while mixing the batter.

3. Mix the dry ingredients and then add the wet ingredients, stirring just until moistened.

4. Pour batter into the pan with the melted butter in it.

5. Cook for about 20 minutes.

Terrific or Horrific Trade

Terrific Wine

Last month, a shipment of 5,000 bottles of wine went out on one of our ships at the shipping dock. Our citizens have worked so hard, from growing to loading the bottles on the ship. The wine successfully made it to Akkad last week and we have already made over 100 barrels of wheat far!

Horrific Grain

Two months ago, a very large shipment of about 300 pounds of grain were also transported to Akkad, but on the way, the vexatious Assyrians followed the caravan and snuck up on them. They robbed all of the goods which has put our farming economy in grave danger. Many farmers are in debt and have no money or valuable items to trade because of this farming catastrophe. Now, we will bring soldiers or generals to protect the merchandise so we don't get robbed once more.


Babylon Bulletin Committee

The Babylon Bulletin Committee work tirelessly every single month to give our fellow Babylonian citizens the news, recipes, and events they need. Let us all be gracious for this amazing newspaper!


Farewell Once More!