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May 17, 2021 2021-05-17

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Cultural Heritage of Ancient Mesopotamia

Sponsored by the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) based in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the cdli tablet combines text and images documenting three millennia of human activity that includes the development of trade, mathematics, and astronomy. Students can follow the application of the law of an eye for an eye by the Old Babylonian king Hammurapi and relive the exploits of Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Striking images of selected cuneiform texts and related artifacts are placed in their historical setting with short narratives prepared by experts in the languages and archaeology of the ancient Near East, as well as by UCLA students approaching a distant world with fresh eyes. With its daily update of entries written to follow particular themes in Babylonian history—topics ranging from the origins of writing 3500 BCE to current efforts to digitally preserve and globally disseminate Mesopotamia’s cultural heritage—cdli tablet will appeal to diverse learning communities of all ages and levels of interest. By opening lines of communication to the history of prescientific civilizations dead many millennia, the developers believe that modern culture achieves a deeper appreciation and understanding of its own roots. A free app is available for iPad and Android.

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