King of the Kurgans: 3000 BCEDress me first in linen, edged with purple, that all may know: I was a King. Fill my tomb With gold and glowing copper: let it be seen that I commanded mines. South are gems, and forges, busy traders, and great herds of sheep. East, only warring tribes, ill-clad, worshippig idols. West, mud dwellers, still working stone, only just coaxing the tears from green rock, to make plain axes and blunt, clumsy weapons: they worship women, and decorate with string. Lay out my coat of camel hair, and fill my tomb with animals: the golden bull, to represent my wealth; silver vessels stamped with lion, boar, swift horse and sudden panther, to demonstrate my power in the hunt. Send with me slaves, enough to carry the canopied dais, heavy with gold, that I rode in the rich lands when I sought an alien bride. And dress me in linen, fill my tomb with the riches of these lands, that all may know I have been King, and will not be forgotten.