Harpist, created ~2000-1600 BC

Harpist, created ~2000-1600 BC

We at WhoWhatWhy are skeptical of just about everything—and that includes the red satin trappings of St. Valentine’s Day and the more gaseous expressions of love that may or may not mean anything. So, on this day, we thought you might find it refreshing to learn how the Sumerians expressed this feeling.

They made it tangible.

Instead of saying “I love you,” these ancient Mesopotamian people said:

“I make a place for you.”



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    Milicent Cranor is a senior editor at WhoWhatWhy. She has worked as a creative editor at E.P. Dutton, a comedy ghostwriter, and editor of consequential legal and scientific documents. She has also co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles for medical journals.

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