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18:00 - 19:30 23 January 2014

Translation in History: Translations and literature in Ancient Mesopotamia


G6 Lecture Theatre | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr Martin Worthington, Lecturer in Assyriology, University of Cambridge, Martin studied Ancient History and Egyptology at UCL (BA, 2000) before specialising in Assyriology at the Universities of Leipzig and Cambridge. He was a Junior Research fellow at St John's College, Cambridge, and a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at SOAS. He maintains a website of modern recordings of Babylonian (www.speechisfire.com) and is the author of Teach Yourself Babylonian.

This talk will introduce non-specialists to the rich bodies of writings which attest to practices of translations in and out of Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian. These include bi- and trilingual word lists, Babylonians’ tabulations of Sumerian grammatical forms, interlinear Babylonian translations of Sumerian compositions, Assyrians composing in Babylonian, and Babylonians adapting Sumerian materials. The sources considered will span roughly the first three millennia BC, and will include Lugal-e (or how the god Ninurta defeated an alliance of evil stones) and the Epic of Gilgamesh. We will also consider some of the issues faced by modern translators of ancient Mesopotamian works.


Geraldine Brodie
+44 (0)20 3108 1317 | g.brodie@ucl.ac.uk


Translation in History Lecture Series