New Online Webinar Series

The secrets of the Gilgamesh Flood Story- 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 21 October, 6pm (UK time)

Dr Martin Worthington, Al Maktoum Associate Professor in Middle Eastern Studies, Trinity College Dublin leads discussions of “The secrets of the Gilgamesh Flood Story

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About the webinar

First discovered in the 1870s, the Gilgamesh Flood Story (within the eleventh Tablet of the whole Gilgamesh poem) is the story of Noah and the Ark, written in Babylonian cuneiform.

Told to Gilgamesh by the Babylonian Noah, Uta-napishti, the Flood story is a fascinating narrative which unfolds on multiple levels.  This webinar will unpick some of these levels, drawing on ideas published by the presenter in his book “Ea’s Duplicity in the Gilgamesh Flood Story” (Routledge, 2019).  We will consider reliable/unreliable narrators, issues of performance, and what some crucial lines actually mean. The webinar is open to all and no previous knowledge is required to join. Those who wish to read the story in advance of the webinar can do so starting on page 703 of Andrew George’s critical edition, available 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 visit our Eventbrite page to register your free ticket

Thursday 21 October, 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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