Presented by Andrew George, Professor of Babylonian, University of London, SOAS.
Be My Baby in Babylonia: Girl Meets Boy and Vice Versa
An illustrated lecture which presents two Old Babylonian incantations in comparative perspective. The language and emotions of new love and sexual attraction are shared in compositions as diverse as Akkadian and Sumerian love incantations and popular music from nearly four thousand years later. The incantations are on tablets newly published in the speaker’s Mesopotamian Incantations and Related Texts. One is completely new, the other strangely familiar.
Note: The Roy Orbison song, "Oh Pretty Woman," which plays for several seconds during the lecture has been edited out owing to copyright laws.