SOAS University of London

Acclaimed performance storyteller Ben Haggarty to perform the Epic of Gilgamesh at SOAS

17 May 2016

As part of its centenary celebrations, SOAS University of London will be welcoming the acclaimed performance storyteller Ben Haggarty to perform the ancient Epic of Gilgamesh, with musical accompaniment by SOAS-alumnus Jonah Brody.

The Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the masterpieces of world literature. Exploring mankind’s universal longing for immortality, the poem tells the story of a Babylonian hero’s quest for glory and flight from death.

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Ben Haggarty’s performance melds Sumerian and Babylonian narrative poems about King Gilgamesh into a gripping tale of the hero who did not want to die. He takes his inspiration from several translations of the poems, including the Penguin Classic by Professor George.

Professor Andrew George, Professor of Babylonian at SOAS, has been at the forefront of the rediscovery of the story of Gilgamesh. From 1985 to 2001, he toured museums, gathering sources for a new, comprehensive edition of the Babylonian poem from the original cuneiform tablets. His research culminated in the publication of the prize-winning Penguin Classics translation of the epic and related texts in 1999. Most recently, his work hit the headlines when he translated part of a newly discovered clay tablet with fellow assyriologist Farouk Al-Rawi. The tablet offered new insights into the Gilgamesh Epic

The event will be held on Wednesday 8 June 2016 at the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre at SOAS. Doors open at 5.30 for 6 pm.

Please register here.

Find out more about Gilgamesh here on the SOAS Centenary blog.