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Getty Lecture: “Clues in Cuneiform: Lives Revealed in Ancient Records of Mesopotamia”

May 4, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Historian Amanda Podany explores cuneiform records and archaeological finds to illuminate the lives of three Mesopotamians who lived between 2300 and 1700 BC. She tells fascinating tales of Enheduanna, a high priestess and poet, and the world’s first known author; Pagirum, a scribe who learned to write cuneiform texts in school and became a trusted member of his community; and Hammurabi, king of Babylon. Knowledge about their concerns and beliefs was lost for millennia; their lives only became known again when the documents written during their lifetimes were found, translated, and analyzed.
This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins.”
*Free | Advance sign-up required
Image: “Statuette of a Woman,” ‘Lady with the Aryballos’ (detail), about 2200 – 2000 B.C., Akkandian or Neo-Sumerian, painted alabaster. Musée du Louvre, Département des Antiquités orientales. Image © Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Thierry Ollivier / Art Resource, NY