Tagged: Gilgamesh

The Graduate Student Classics Department Conference

Alright guys, it’s time to get excited about death. Now death is a natural part of life, a part that can overcome even the greatest but can leave the weakest stronger than ever imagined. Gilgamesh taught us that if nothing else. But for those of us who didn’t learn enough from our discussion section, have no […]

The Assyrian Dictionary: Completed After 90 Years

Pertaining to CC101’s study of Gilgamesh and ancient Mesopotamia, is this article on the completed Assyrian tongue. As a dead language that has not been spoken for two millennia, the project was started in 1921 and took 90 years to complete. Dr. Irving Finkel, a contributor to the project, describes it as “a heroic and […]

Interview: Stuart Kendall On His New Gilgamesh Translation

  Relating to CC101′s study of the Epic of Gilgamesh is an interview by Biblioklept with Stuart Kendall, a former Core professor whose latest translation is a telling of Gilgamesh that casts the ancient epic poem in modernist poetry. Here is a sample from the interview: Biblioklept: Why Gilgamesh? Stuart Kendall: Gilgamesh is the oldest extended tale that […]

Analects of the Core: Ferry on storms

In view of the coming storm tomorrow, the Core would like to remind everyone to remain calm and intellectual. To aid this process, here is a sample from David Ferry’s Epic of Gilgamesh (studied in CC101), on the relevant topic of storms: “In the early hours of the next morning dawning there was the noise of […]

Gilgamesh and David Ferry

In his recent work Gilgamesh: An Epic Obsession (http://bit.ly/TDl2BN), Theodore Ziolkowski takes a look at the ways in which the epic has manifested into our literature, art, music, and popular culture. The students of CC101 experienced this through David Ferry, whose translation of Gilgamesh they read this semester. David Ferry has also written: Bewilderment  (http://bit.ly/RwrwnD), which […]

A Gilgamesh-inflected indie film

Yet another film project inspired by a classic Core text! The Tube Open Movie is an ambitious 3D animated film project inspired by the Assyrian tablets in the British Museum whose fragments are all that we have of the original Gilgamesh story. The epic centers on the Sumerian king who ruled Uruk, in ancient Iraq, […]

Gilgamesh unveiling at Harvard

Core students may be interested in attending the installation of the “Gilgamesh” sculpture at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History this Thursday, September 13th starting at 5:30 pm. The unveiling will be accompanied by a reading from translator David Ferry. Visit http://www.geomus.fas.harvard.edu for more information regarding the event.

Analects of the Core: Assyrian bas relief

Today’s visual Analect is an Assyrian bas relief from the collection of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, in Brunswick, Maine: “Winged Figured with Embroidered Tunic and Shawl”, from Northwest Palace, Nimrud, Iraq. Gypsum, 90 9/16 x 58 13/16 x 6 7/16″, 883-859 BC. Gift of Dr. Henri B. Haskell M 1855 (1860.2). Students may […]

Analects of the Core: Ferry on terrified gods

Terrified gods got themselves up as high as they could go, nearest the highest heaven, cringing against the wall like beaten dogs. * Lines 20-22, in Book III of Tablet XI, of David Ferry‘s “rendering in verse” of the Epic of Gilgamesh, studied in the first-year Core Humanties, and the topic of Prof. Brian Jorgensen‘s […]

Analects of the Core: Ferry on living happily

Humans are born, they live, then they die, this is the order that the gods have decreed. But until the end comes, enjoy your life, spend it in happiness, not despair. Savor your food, make each of your days a delight, bathe and anoint yourself, wear bright clothes that are sparkling clean, let music and […]