Tablets tell of Sargon, who ruled more than four millennia ago in the land now called Iraq. A priestess bore Sargon in secret and cast him adrift on the Euphrates in a basket sealed with pitch, a thousand years before Moses was found afloat on the Nile. Rescued by a gardener, Sargon grew to manhood and found favor with the goddess Inanna. As the king's cupbearer, Sargon rose in service and seized power. He created the first standing army, conquered neighboring lands and forged history's first empire. His city, Agade, awaits the ar
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M. Eileen Eisemann was born M. Eileen Ryan in New York City. A graduate of The Mary Louis Academy, she worked at MetLife in Manhattan before enrolling in Adelphi University’s School of Nursing. Upon graduation from Adelphi with a BS degree in nursing, Eisemann worked in pediatrics and industrial nursing before her marriage to Ray Eisemann. As four children arrived in the next six years, there was occasional private duty and per diem nursing. Further study at Adelphi to prepare for a New York State school nurse-teacher certificate led to a position at Sachem Central School District in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York, when their youngest child reached school age. Her widowed aunt moved in and helped with the children and household. A master’s degree from Stony Brook University followed.
While operating the school health service and teaching, Eisemann wrote curriculum guides, procedure manuals and health bulletins. She encountered Sargon through her independent study of history, and found his birth legend, predating the biblical Moses story by over a millennium, intriguing; here was the archetypal abandoned and rescued hero. Over a period of years, Eisemann conducted research into the roots of the legend. Human nature, it appeared, had not changed since 2360 BC. Love of family, love and fear of gods, the need to search for roots, ambition, and lust for power motivated people then as now. Only the technology is new.
Her children matured, but the nest was never empty, as adult children left and returned at intervals, sometimes with spouse and child. Soon Eisemann’s aging mother and both her husband’s parents needed care and moved in, and her aunt developed Alzheimer’s disease. Early retirement was the only option.
At length, all responsibilities fulfilled, all promises kept, there was more time to write. Eisemann and her husband moved to their mountain retreat in the Northern Catskills, where she finally begat "Sargon, Son of the Waters."
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