This picture of a vanished time reveals dramatic parallels with some modern conditions. The author, who researched painstakingly, was dealing with certain known facts; but in portraying Lagash he had to use some poetic invention. Hence he found himself "dropping into measures," and finally wrote it all in iambic pentameter, as here presented. But the political conditions described are not fanciful. These were adapted from actual ancient inscriptions, as deciphered by Dr. Samuel Noah Kramer and other Sumerologists.