Congratulations to Dr. John A. Lynch on the completion of his UCLA Ph.D.

John LynchPlease join me in congratulating Dr. John A. Lynch upon the completion of his doctoral dissertation and the
earning of his Ph.D. degree in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures with an emphasis in Assyriology.

Dr. Lynch’s dissertation is entitled, “Gilgamesh’s Ghosts: The Dead, Textual Variation, and the Mesopotamian Scribal Tradition.” It examines the textual variations between manuscripts of the ancient story of Gilgamesh and what they can tell us about the scribal practices and religious beliefs of ancient Mesopotamians.

Congratulations John!

mesopotamians by they might be giants

Most parents are fearful of what their children might find on the internet. So when my daughter, Talitha, came and told me that she had a question about a strange video she had found on the internet that had some strange names she had never heard before, I was preparing to tell my daughter how there are some things on the internet that are simply not good. But imagine my surprise when she began asking about people named Sargon, Hammurabi, Ashurbanipal, and Gilgamesh! I thought perhaps she has stumbled upon a joint lecture by UCLA Assyriologists Drs. Elizabeth Carter and Robert Englund on iTunes U. But no, she had, in fact, found the new song, “The Mesopotamians,” by They Might Be Giants.

They Might Be Giants writes some of the best educational, clever, and outright hilarious songs ever written. If you haven’t heard their latest, give it a try.

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