You can see the city in the distance but it will be several hours before you will reach the city gate. On either side you can see fields with barley ripening in the sun. Beyond the fields to your left are banks of reeds and the wide river with a few rafts.

Behind you come three carts pulled by oxen. They are carrying sacks of grain from the villages to Sippar. Some of it will go to the temple and palace, the rest will be sold to people to make bread and beer.

Do you go with the cart or carry on walking?

cart walking