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The Riddles of the Shipwrecked Sailor– Online Webinar Series


Trinity College Dublin joins Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education to bring a brand new Online Middle Eastern Studies Webinar Series to our events calendar. Delivered by lecturers from the Al Maktoum Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Trinity College Dublin, the webinar series is a window into the astonishing variety and interest of themes and questions in research on the Middle East. The webinar will give a flavour of postgraduate-level study of the Middle East, ancient and modern. It serves as a way of learning more about the newly launched masters degree in The Middle East in a Global Context’ at Trinity College Dublin.

Join us on Thursday 25 November, 6pm (UK time)

Dr Martin Worthington, Al Maktoum Associate Professor in Middle Eastern Studies, Trinity College Dublin presents “The Riddles of the Shipwrecked Sailor

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About the webinar

Extant on a single papyrus from the early Middle Kingdom, the tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor is a fascinating narrative from Ancient Egypt which splendidly interweaves religion, fiction, and irony. The story has excited a correspondingly wide array of responses from modern interpreters.

The webinar will probe these interpretations, and explore the question of how the story can and should be analysed. Participants will get more out of the webinar if they have already read a translation of the tale. Among those which can be recommended are Richard Parkinson’s (in the book The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems), William Kelly Simpson’s (in the book The Literature of Ancient Egypt), and Miriam Lichtheim’s – the latter is available by clicking here.


About Dr Martin Worthington

Born in York and raised in Italy, Martin first encountered the Ancient Near East at UCL, and started learning its languages at the University of Leipzig. In due course he took a doctorate, then held postdoctoral positions at St John’s College, Cambridge, and SOAS. From 2012-2020 he was a lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and he joined Trinity in August 2020.

His books include Principles of Akkadian Textual Criticism (2012), Teach Yourself Complete Babylonian (2nd ed. 2018), and Ea’s Duplicity in the Gilgamesh Flood Story (2019). He also directed the world’s first film in ancient Babylonian (The Poor Man of Nippur), launched on Youtube in 2019. He is currently working on a book project called ‘Sargon’s Riddle’.

How to Sign-up

Please register your free ticket directly on Zoom.

Thursday 25 November, 6pm

How to join the Online Webinar

Gaining access is simple and free- viewers will need a laptop/PC, tablet or smartphone. Click on the video conferencing ‘Zoom’ link provided by the College (usually sent on the day of the webinar) a few minutes before the event begins. to access the streaming platform called ‘Zoom’. After clicking the Zoom link, viewers will be held in a virtual waiting room. From there, the Alm College Events team will submit viewers into the live webinar.

Upon entering the webinar, microphones will automatically be muted and webcams automatically turned off. If viewers wish to ask a question at the end of the lecture using your microphone, there will be an opportunity to do so.

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