Our own Paul Delnero, Assistant Professor of Assyriology, Department of Near Eas…

Our own Paul Delnero, Assistant Professor of Assyriology, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Johns Hopkins University will be speaking at the Walters tomorrow.

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Near Eastern Gallery, Second Floor, Centre Street Building
Group will meet in the Centre Street Lobby at 5:20 p.m.

Building the Tower of Babel: Temples and the Gods in Ancient Mesopotamia
Of all the narratives about Mesopotamia in the Bible, the story of the tower of Babel is arguably the most famous. In addition to being a poignant moral lesson about the dangers of hubris and the limitations of humanity which continues to resonate across the ages, however, the story is also deeply rooted in the realities of the time and place in which it is set. In this lecture a group of artifacts from the Mesopotamian gallery, including a building inscription of Nebuchadnezzar II, the king widely thought to have been the architect who inspired the tower of Babel narrative, will be presented to illustrate the role of temple building in reducing the distance between humanity and the gods in ancient Iraq.

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Great article in the Wall Street Journal by Janet Stephens. We are lucky to have…

Great article in the Wall Street Journal by Janet Stephens. We are lucky to have Ms. Stephens speaking at the museum's next Museum Chat on February 11th from 12:15-12:45.


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