Sumerian class at Birkbeck College


The Sumerian class at Birkbeck College in London taught by Frans van Koppen is this term translating the text of Lugalbanda and the Anzud Bird.

A short introduction to this story was provided by ZIPANG storyteller Fran Hazelton, using as visual aids an image of the Anzud Bird drawn from a statue as old as the story itself and modern ear-rings conveying its terrifying character.

I will have breath-taking statues made of you, the Anzud Bird,
to adorn the temples of the dingirs. Your name will be
famous forever throughout the land of Sumer!