Debate between Silver and Copper

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The debate between Silver and Copper is a Sumerian disputation, a topical short story, created in the middle to late 3rd millennium BCE. The story centers in a quarrel between two entities named Silver (kug) and Strong Copper (urud niĝ kalag-ga).

Quotes[edit]

Silver[edit]

  • The brewer, who does not untie his belt in warm weather, whose hands do not dry the clay.
  • The barber, cutting the growth, removing the flourishing roots.

Strong Copper[edit]

  • A hand without a wrist cannot work.
  • Come on! You will perform the work of your arms, you will help Enlil.
  • When the time of wet ground has arrived for me, you do not supply the copper hoes that chop weeds, so no one concerns themselves with you.
    When sowing time has arrived for me, you do not supply the copper adzes that make ploughs, so no one concerns themselves with you.
    When winter time has arrived for me, you do not supply the copper axes that chop firewood, so no one concerns themselves with you.
    When harvest time has arrived for me, you do not supply the copper sickles that reap grain, so no one concerns themselves with you.
    For your harvest or winter, you do not supply the copper adzes and chisels which build houses, not even a female lamb, so no one concerns themselves with you.

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