Presented by Irving Finkel, assistant keeper of ancient Mesopotamian script, the British Museum, London

“Star Wars,” “The Lord of the Rings,” and Marvel Comics all owe a debt to Gilgamesh—a hero in Mesopotamian mythology and protagonist of the Epic of Gilgamesh, the world’s first epic story. 

Gilgamesh, a legendary king of the Sumerian city-state of Uruk, probably ruled sometime between 2800 and 2500 BC. Immortalized as one of the seminal chapters in world literature, his story relates the struggle to become fully human through a journey of self-discovery. 

This talk explains how archaeological work in the Fertile Crescent has contributed toward knowledge of the world in which Gilgamesh lived, and leads to a better understanding of the roots of Western civilization.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020 6:30 p.m.

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