Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization, was also the birthplace of poetry. The first “published” poet was Enheduanna, priestess of Inanna and daughter of Sargon the Great. Her poems, and those composed by the men and women of Babylonia and Assyria in the ensuing centuries, inscribed in cuneiform script on tablets of clay, express a full range of human emotion, from the tragic to the shockingly erotic. The themes resonate through the centuries and up to the present in Middle Eastern poetry and in other world literary traditions.
Celebrate one of humanity’s oldest and grandest traditions with an evening of readings of Near Eastern and Middle Eastern poetry by members of the Emory community.