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Gilgamesh, The Hero Who Didn’t Want To Die

November 19, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Epic of Gilgamesh is an extraordinary 4,000-year-old Babylonian poem, lost for two thousand years but miraculously preserved on clay tablets. The oldest great work of literature to survive from the ancient world, it tells the heroic career of King Gilgamesh and his quest for immortality. In this talk author and translator Andrew George explores the archaeology of the poem’s discovery, the decipherment of the cuneiform text and the process of making a poem out of the broken fragments. He will also discuss the poem’s timeless message about life, death and what it means to be human.

The lecture will be introduced by poet Jenny Lewis. Afterwards the author Michael Schmidt will launch his new book, Gilgamesh: the Life of A Poem. At the end of the evening there will be an opportunity to buy signed copies of Michael Schmidt’s book and Andrew George’s Penguin Epic of Gilgamesh.

In partnership with

Carcanet Books and Princeton University Press

Contact email address

ag5@soas.ac.uk

Booking required?

Yes


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Date:
November 19
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Description for print
The Epic of Gilgamesh is an extraordinary 4,000-year-old Babylonian poem which tells of King Gilgamesh and his quest for immortality. In this talk translator Andrew George explores the poem’s archaeology, story and timeless message about life and death.
Is booking required?
Yes
Contact email address
ag5@soas.ac.uk
Event partners
Carcanet Books and Princeton University Press
Region
London
City/town
London
Accessibility information
There is step free access to the theatre. For accessibility information please contact the venue.
Image copyright information
Drawing by Joanna Richards, copyright 1999

Venue

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street
London, England WC1H 0XG United Kingdom
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Accessibility information
There is step free access to the theatre. For accessibility information please contact the venue.
Phone:
020 7637 2388
Website:
www.soas.ac.uk