Dr Irving Finkel, a worldwide authority on Ancient Mesopotamian script and the curator in charge of the world’s largest collection of cuneiform clay tablets at the British Museum, will explore in this lecture why the belief in ghosts is what makes us human.

Whether we personally ‘believe’ or not, we are all aware of ghosts and the rich mythologies and rituals surrounding them. They have inspired, fascinated and frightened us for centuries, yet most of us are only familiar with the vengeful apparitions of Shakespeare, or the ghastly spectres haunting the pages of 19th century gothic literature. Their origins are much, much older

Join philologist Finkel as he explores how the belief in ghosts has been seen throughout human civilisation, and discover how this gives us an understanding of how ancient societies lived.

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Irving Finkel