Listen to the Epic of Gilgamesh in Akkadian, the original language

It took 90 years to translate the Akkadian, the language of the ancient Mesopotamia, but in 2011, scholars at the University of Chicago finally published a 21 volume dictionary of Akkadian, the language usedĀ inĀ ancient Mesopotamia. Unspoken for 2,000 years, Akkadian was preserved on clay tablets and in stone inscriptions until scholars deciphered it during the last two centuries. You could buy the 21 volume dictionary for over $1000 or you can get the PDFs for free at https://oi.uchicago.edu/research/publications/assyrian-dictionary-oriental-institute-university-chicago-cad

Thanks to their efforts you can now listen to the Epic of Gilgamesh and other works of ancient Mesopotamia in the Akkadian at http://www.openculture.com/2010/10/the_sounds_of_ancient_mesopotamia.html

Ixel Balamke

Ixel Balamke was one of the two founding members of Sekhet-Bast-Ra in Oklahoma City. Currently living in the Twin Cities, she is currently the LBM of Leaping Laughter Lodge. She also is a Meanad and lover of fine wines. Her life long partner Hunahpu and she are well known for their Wine Tastings at NOTOCON. Together they have a small wine cellar that currently holds over 300 bottles.

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