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Arizona Harper Lecture with Christopher Woods: Understanding Gilgamesh
Take a deeper look at the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh.

Cost: $20 General Admission
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Christopher Woods will discuss the meaning, history, and cultural context of the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh, the legendary king of the Mesopotamian city-state of Uruk. He will consider the major themes of the epic, its history with regard to its Sumerian forebears, and its representation in the visual arts. Woods will also discuss the legacy of the epic and its rediscovery in the 19th century after having been lost for 2,500 years.

Christopher Woods is associate professor of Sumerology in the Oriental Institute, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the Program in the Ancient Mediterranean World at the University of Chicago. He received his BS from Yale University and his PhD in Assyriology from Harvard University and was a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows before joining the faculty of the University of Chicago in 2002. His research interests include Sumerian writing and grammar as well as early Mesopotamian religion and literature. His publications include The Grammar of Perspective: The Sumerian Conjugation Prefixes as a System of Voice and the edited volume Visible Language: The Inventions of Writing in the Ancient Middle East and Beyond.

Currently he is organizing a large-scale research project that endeavors to provide a comprehensive description of the cuneiform writing system from the invention of writing (ca. 3400 BC) through the Old Babylonian period (ca. 1600 BC).
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Event Information
Sunday, Mar 2 2014 at 2:00pm - 4:00pm [ iCal ]
Tempe Mission Palms
60 East 5th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281