|WHAT:||Lecture: The Epic of Gilgamesh: Recovering the Masterpiece of Babylonian Poetry by Professor Andrew George|
|WHEN:||Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 12:30 PM|
|WHERE:||Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street (at Arguello), San Francisco, CA|
The Assyrian Foundation of America and the Congregation of Emanu-El are co-sponsoring a fantastic lecture by Professor Andrew George about the epic of Gilgamesh. The AFA encourages all Assyrians and non-Assyrians to attend.
The Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest and most moving stories rooted in the ancient wisdom-tradition of mankind. Recited for nearly three millennia, it was virtually lost for another two with the advent of Christianity. Modern generations came to know about Gilgamesh only after the first cuneiform fragments of his story were excavated in 1853 at Nineveh from the library of the last great Assyrian king, Ashurbanipal...."
Professor Andrew George is a British academic best known for his translations of The Epic of Gilgamesh.
Andrew George is Professor of Babylonian, Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. He works with literary and religious texts written in Akkadian from the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC to the end of the cuneiform tradition around the time of Christ, ranging from astrology through divination and liturgical works to the Epic of Gilgamesh. His work, which includes a definitive edition of the Epic of Gilgamesh, includes the identification and decipherment of unpublished original texts, preparation of editions, translations and commentaries, and writing synthetic studies.