The History of Literature #

Jacke and special guest Charles Halton take a look at the poetry of Enheduanna (2286-2252 BC), a high priestess in ancient Mesopotamia who is the earliest known poet whose name has been recorded.

Charles Halton (Ph.D., Hebrew Union College) is the co-author of Women’s Writing of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Anthology of the Earliest Female Authors. He is currently the managing editor of Marginalia, a magazine of intellectual culture and a channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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Listen To The Epic of Gilgamesh (read in its original language)

What was it like to listen to the oldest epic poem we have? Press the play button, close your eyes, and travel back 4,000 years….

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