Gilgamesh Statue Credit
In earlier posts 11 and 96, I introduced the epic of Gilgamesh but focused on general issues of material culture and the transition from oral to written history. Today, I want to present two video lectures by Dr. Andrew R. George which dig into the cultural mindset of the people in successive Sumerian civilizations:
- The first titled Be My Baby in Babylonia, was presented in 2017 at the Oriental Institute, and analyzes a few love poems in Sumerian cuneiform.
- The second titled The Epic of Gilgamesh, was given in 2017 to the Semitic Museum, and analyses successive cuneiform renditions of the epic from the Sumer, Akkadian and Babylonian civilizations.
Besides being light-hearted, High Definition, and professionally produced, these presentations give us fact-based insights into the worldview of Sumerians a few centuries after the large flood that devastated Mesopotamia around 3,000 Cal BC.
Since these insights come from some of the first written documents in the world i.e. by definition the beginning of history, I suspect we can extrapolate the worldview back a few centuries before that flood (for the flood would have been, at best, a significant setback to the pre-flood culture upon which several meters of clay was deposited). I consider the cultural insights eked out of the documents to be priceless as I continue writing my next novel.
Thanks for visiting,
R. E. J. Burke
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