MFAH's Artful Thursday: Dr. Sarah Kielt Costello

Achaemenid, Clay Cuneiform Tablet Fragment, c. 539–538 BC, clay, British Museum. © Trustees of the British Museum
The month's free Artful Thursday program Cuneiform in Context is on May 16, 2013, beginning at 6:30 pm in the Caroline Wiess Law Building of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.  In anticipation of this, Classical 91.7's Eric Ladau spoke with Dr. Sarah Kielt Costello, Artful Thursday presenter and professor at the University of Houston.

The MFAH is one of five venues to host the U.S. tour of the famed Cyrus Cylinder, a 6th-century artifact discovered in 1879 among the ruins of Babylon in ancient Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq). Made of clay, now broken into several fragments, the Cyrus Cylinder was impressed with a declaration in Akkadian cuneiform script in the name of Persian king Cyrus the Great (reigned c. 559–530 BC). By the time of his death, the Achaemenid Persian Empire was the largest the world had ever seen, stretching from Asia Minor in the west to northwestern India in the east.

In her illustrated talk, Sarah Kielt Costello looks at one of the world's earliest civilizations, the structure and decoding of the world's first known written language, and the significance of the Cyrus Cylinder.

More information about the event can be found on the MFAH website.

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NightClassics host and Station Tour Coordinator Eric Ladau graduated from Illinois State University in 1979 with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication...