The Epic of Gilgamesh: Recovering the Masterpiece of Babylonian Poetry

A seminar with Professor Andrew George, the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Free admission and open to all.

Andrew George

The Epic of Gilgamesh is a 4,000-year-old Mesopotamian poem about a hero who embarks on an arduous quest to find the secret of immortality. Preserved on clay tablets in cuneiform script, it is the oldest long narrative poem in human history. This illustrated lecture explores four themes related to this Babylonian masterpiece: the archaeology of the poem's recovery, the reconstruction of its text, the story it tells, and its enduring message about life, death and the human condition.


Andrew George was educated at the University of Birmingham and the Prince of Wales, Darlaston. He is now Professor of Babylonian at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is best known for his critical edition and prize-winning translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh.


The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion about the value of longue durée historical studies.


If you have any questions concerning the seminar, please contact our CIMS coordinator, Alexandra H. Koritzinsky, either by email:, or at: (+47) 957 21 103.

Published Feb. 19, 2018 2:31 PM - Last modified Feb. 19, 2018 8:34 PM