The Wedge Between Us

Episodes

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19930228]

In the first of four talks,

Dr Irving Finkel of the British

Museum deciphers the secrets of wedge writing, and bridges the millennia between us and ancient

Iraq. Through the dust he detects the tears of Babylonian princes and tales of courtesans and wily grain merchants. Producer Penny Lawrence

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930228]

Unknown: Dr Irving Finkel

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930303]

In the first of four talks, Dr Irving Finkel of the British Museum deciphers the secrets of wedge writing and bridges the gulf of millennia between us and the world of ancient Iraq.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930303]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930307]

In the second of four talks, Dr Irving Finkel deciphers the secrets of wedge writing from Mesopotamia. Digging into the history of Babylonian dentistry, he reveals how toothache took root when the gods granted the worm rights to suck on human gums. Producer Penny Lawrence

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930307]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930310]

In the second of four talks, Dr Irving Finkel of the British Museum deciphers the secrets of wedge writing from Mesopotamia, and digs deep into the history of Babylonian dentistry, revealing how toothache took root when the gods granted the lowly worm rights to suck on human gums.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930310]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930314]

In the third of four talks, Dr Irving Finkel of the British Museum deciphers the secrets of wedge writing from Mesopotamia, discovering cuneiform recipes for fertility, pregnancy and childbirth, plus a bonus cure for premature hair-loss in harassed parents.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930314]

Speaker: Dr Irving Finkel

Producer: Penny Lawrence

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930321]

In the last of four talks, Dr Irving Finkel traces the spectre of necromancy through the dust of the underworld inscribed on clay tablets in ancient Iraq. Producer Penny Lawrence

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930321]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930324]