What do Bob Marley, Nebuchadnezzar II, and the ancient Israelites of the Hebrew Bible have in common? In the 3rd millennium BCE, Sargon of Akkad created the world’s first empire and located his capital city on the bank of the Euphrates in what is now modern Iraq. Since his time, Babylonia has been a magnet for warriors, prophets, poets and priests in search of conquest or meaning. The talk will focus on a particular remnant of those journeys: a cuneiform tablet inscribed with the legend of Sargon’s birth, its links to the story of the infant Moses in his basket on the Nile, and the ways in which geography, religion and history contribute to the making of meaning in texts from past and present.
Sponsored by the Religious Studies Department, History Department, Jewish Studies Department, Hillel, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life