Where can I get one?
The best way to get your own Eisenbrauns mug is to get it in person. Stop by sometime, or find us at one of the many conferences we attend. Our current mug(s) may also be found and ordered on our gift page.
What does my mug say?
The Gezer calendar is one
of the oldest known examples of Hebrew writing, dating to the 10th century BCE. It was discovered
100 years ago in excavations of the Biblical city of Gezer, 30 miles northwest of Jerusalem.
This year, we've made it easy on you and have included the translation directly on the mug. With
a practiced hand, you can point to the illustration on one side, and read off the transcription
on the other.
By popular demand, this design may now also be ordered as a T-shirt (S • M • L • XL • XXL) or on non-black shirts at CaféPress.
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If your mug looks like this, you have the cuneiform mug. The main
inscription is from the first two lines of Enuma
the traditional Babylonian creation story:
e-nu-ma e-liš la na-bu-ú šá-ma-mu
šap-liš am-ma-tum šu-ma la zak-rat
When on high no name was given to heaven,
nor below was the netherworld called by name
The smaller inscription next to "eisenbrauns.com"
has the determinative LÚ.DAM.GÀR (merchants) plus the phrase kib-rat
the four corners [of the earth]," which was a classic epithet of the Neo-Assyrian kings.
We think it's quite appropriate.
James Spinti came up with the idea. Andy Kerr designed the mug.
input on the project was given by Jim Eisenbraun and John Cook.
Cuneiform texts appear courtesy of Bob Whiting of the
English translation by Benjamin R. Foster in Before
the Muses: An Anthology of Akkadian Literature.
The 2014 Eisenbrauns mug was designed from the so-called Nestor's Cup inscription, which appears on a clay drinking cup from Pithekoussai. It dates to the late 8th century BCE, making it one of the earliest Greek inscriptions.
Roughly translated, the inscription reads:
This is usually transcribed (in later classical orthography, with the missing parts in brackets) as:
Νέστορος [....] εὔποτ[ον] ποτήριο[ν]·
ὃς δ’ ἂν τοῦδε π[ίησι] ποτηρί[ου] αὐτίκα κῆνον
ἵμερ[ος αἱρ]ήσει καλλιστ[εφάν]ου Ἀφροδίτης.
Nestor’s cup I am, good to drink from.
Whoever drinks from this cup, him straightaway
the desire of beautiful-crowned Aphrodite will seize.