Jun 11th 2019

Instructor: Susanne Paulus, Assistant Professor of Assyriology, Oriental Institute
Cuneiform is the oldest writing system in the world and was used in Mesopotamia from the end of the fourth to first millennium BC. The Oriental Institute’s Tablet Collection has over 6,000 objects inscribed in cuneiform. This three week class is based original objects usually not on display. Students will get an introduction into the basics of the script system, its invention, evolution, and rediscovery. They will discover then how writing was used by kings, administrators, merchants, and in daily life. The overview finishes with a section about schools in Mesopotamia.


Discover cuneiform with objects from the Oriental Institute’s Tablet Collection (3 weeks)
Tuesdays, June 11–June 25, 2019, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm
Oriental Institute 212
General $147, members $118, University of Chicago Students (UChicago Arts Pass) $37 (registration required)
Registration Deadline: June 4, 2019

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