Cuneiform Discoveries from Ancient Babylon


TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities

Published on Dec 13, 2019

Dr Frances Reynolds, Shillito Fellow in Assyriology, Faculty of Oriental Studies and St Benet’s Hall

In ancient Iraq, scribes used cuneiform (wedge-shaped) script to write hundreds of thousands of texts in the Sumerian and Akkadian languages on clay tablets. Akkadian, a language related to Arabic and Hebrew, was still written in Babylonia after the conquest of Alexander the Great. Newly published tablets show scholars in Babylon trying to boost the temple’s dwindling power under imperial rule.

Humanities Light Night – Oxford Research Unwrapped!

As part of the national Being Human Festival, and Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival, Humanities Light Night – Oxford Research Unwrapped! was a spectacular explosion of colour, sound and activity for all, including a huge video projection onto the 3-storey Radcliffe humanities building, premiering SOURCE: CODE which featured the work of Oxford Humanities Professors Jacob Dahl, Richard Parkinson and Armand D’Angour, and co-created by Oxford Humanities researchers and The Projection Studio, world-class projection and sound-artists. A series of talks took place during the evening, relating to the theme ‘Discovery’.

This event was part of the Humanities Cultural Programme.

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