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Veenhof Lecture: Guardians of the written word

  • Dr Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum
Friday 10 December 2021
Online (via Zoom)

Guardians of the written word: the dawn of philology in the Ancient Near East

Material practices of writing have become routine for us over thousands of years. The digital transformation, however, calls many of these routines into question and contours the specifics of writing with particular clarity. Authorship, reliability, correctness of texts, even the question of textual transmission must be rethought. And yet this is not the first time: the history of cuneiform writing shows how societies in the ancient Near East dealt with these challenges. The lecture looks at the practices and methods developed by scribes and scholars, the guardians of the written word in ancient Mesopotamia.

Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum is Professor of Assyriology at Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin.

Due to corona measures the Veenhof Lecture 2021 will be held as an online-only event. Admission is free; please join us! Register here to receive the Zoom link (no Zoom account needed). 

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