Odyssey: Babylon, Myth and Reality

Babylon—The name resonates even today, from the biblical whore of Revelations to sci-fi. It evokes exotic places and time long past, a confusion of peoples and exiled populations, fabulous wealth and mad kings. But what do we really know about the ancient city and the civilization that flourished there thousands of years ago? This lecture examines the archaeological city of Babylon, located in the modern nation of Iraq, and considers its artistic and architectural achievements in the context of Mesopotamian history. It also surveys the legacy of Babylon, its place in the cultural imagination, its continuing relevance in contemporary society, and the situation of the archaeological site today.

918.084.01 Homewood Campus Thursday, Oct. 30, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $28

JHU full-time faculty/staff, pay $5.60 with 80% tuition remission. Please note that you will be unable to register online and receive the discount.

For more information, contact 410-516-8516.