Round Table Discussion: Aquatic Chaos (Part II)

Myth Reading Group

Round Table

Thursday 23 November

12.00-1.30pm in Room 5S.3.8

We are very pleased to announce that Robert W. Allen will lead Part II of our round table discussion of Aquatic Chaos


Zao Wou-Ki, 25-10-2002, 2002, Wikiart

In this session, we will have the opportunity to complete our discussion of the link between myth, primordial waters, and the concept of chaos. We will consider the concept of Aquatic Chaos as “the basis for the near-universal motif of the primordial flood” (Eleazar Meletinsky, The Poetics of Myth), and in relation to the four texts provided last week.

For an interesting comparison of the story of the flood in the Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh, see Neil MacGregor’s episode “Living with Many Gods” [ 5.46 mins. into the programme] from Living with the Gods series. The 11th Tablet of the Epic of Gilgamesh can be viewed in the British Museum online collection: The Flood Tablet.





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