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Steve Tinney: Great Voyages: Gilgamesh – Journeys to the End of the World

 From the royal tombs of Ur, the Standard of Ur mosaic, made of lapis lazuli and shell,

From the royal tombs of Ur, the Standard of Ur mosaic, made of lapis lazuli and shell,

Steve Tinney, Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania

Gilgamesh: Journeys to the End of the World

Gilgamesh was a figure of legend in ancient Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) from as early as 4,500 years ago. The tales of his travels were not only stories of adventure in places no human had ever seen, but also reflections on questions of life and knowledge. In this lecture, Dr. Tinney recounts some of Gilgamesh’s greatest journeys and revisits discussions about what they meant back then, as well as what they mean today.

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