Dr. Frank DuPont, a doctor of psychology, proposes how a gardener, one Enlil-Bani, came to rule a Sumerian city-state for 24 years in his new book “The Diviner's Chronicle” (published by AuthorHouse).
Bronze Age Sumerians believed that if a catastrophic event threatened the life of a reigning king, the gods could be fooled through the use of a temporary substitute king. The substitute would act as king for one day, and then be executed, thus fulfilling the life-threatening prophecy.
In about 1860 B.C.E., Enlil-Bani, a gardener, was designated as a substitute, to be strangled at the end of the day. History tells that he survived the day and remained on the throne of his city for 24 years.
Based on this historical event, DuPont’s story recounts the ascension of a remarkable man to the throne of a city-state during the early days of civilization. DuPont hopes the story will entertain readers while exposing them to a little-known time period and culture that he believes was foundational for human history.