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Gilgamesh: A Hero for the Ages

  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston 1001 Bissonnet Street Houston, TX, 77005 United States (map)

DISCOVER LECTURE SERIES 

STORIES OF THE HERO’S JOURNEY 

Gilgamesh— A Hero for the Ages 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2020, 6:30 PM 

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005 

DR. IRVING FINKEL, Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian Script, The British Museum

Books for sale following lecture: Gilgamesh, translated by Andrew George AND Cuneiform: Ancient Scripts by Irving Finkel and Jonathan Taylor 

Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Marvel Comics all owe a debt to Gilgamesh, a hero in Mesopotamian mythology and the protagonist of the world’s first epic story. Gilgamesh was a historic king of the Sumerian city-state of Uruk and probably ruled sometime between 2800 and 2500 BCE. His story has been immortalized as one of the seminal stories in world literature, depicting the struggle to become fully human through a journey of self-discovery. Archaeological work in the Fertile Crescent has helped us understand the world in which the hero lived and provides a better understanding of the roots of Western civilization. 

Admission: $5.00 – Member. $10 – General.

Tickets available (Use the code AN5OFF to obtain member pricing):

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