Rare Book Department Mounts Exhibition of Ancient Cuneiform Tablets

By Michelle S. Fri, September 17, 2010

“Not Since Nineveh: Artifacts from the Ancient Near East in the Free Library of Philadelphia, 3100-300 B.C.E.”

The Rare Book Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library is currently hosting an extensive new exhibition of rare cuneiform tablets. Running through January 21, 2011, “Not Since Nineveh: Artifacts from the Ancient Near East in the Free Library of Philadelphia, 3100-300 B.C.E.” features relics from the Ancient Near East collected by Philadelphia philanthropist John Frederick Lewis in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The Free Library's collection contains nearly 3,000 clay tablets and other items dating from the Late Uruk or Jemdet Nasr Period, c. 3100 B.C.E., to the Seleucid Dynasty of Persia, c. 300 B.C.E. Clay and stone tablets of all shapes and sizes are displayed, along with cylinder seals and their clay impressions. The exhibition is illustrated with maps and photographs of excavation sites and artifacts. This is the first time the Free Library has mounted an entire exhibition of its cuneiform tablet collection!

Special exhibitions like “Not Since Nineveh” allow the Free Library to share the many "hidden treasures" in its collections that are not usually on public display with as many Philadelphians as possible. Everyone is encouraged to visit the Rare Book Department at Parkway Central and enjoy these ancient artifacts!

The Rare Book Department is open from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with tours of the General Collections beginning daily at 11:00 a.m. For more information about “Not Since Nineveh” or the Rare Book Department, please call 215-686-5416 or email erefrbd@freelibrary.org.
 

Restoration of palace at Nineveh (detail). “Majestic Palaces of Ancient Assyria’s Great Capital” by Sir Austen Henry Layard
Restoration of palace at Nineveh (detail). “Majestic Palaces of Ancient Assyria’s Great Capital” by Sir Austen Henry Layard

Comments

Hello, My name is Alexandra Jean and I am a current Temple student. In my mosaics class we just finished reading the Epic of Gilgamesh which in it's original form was the cunieform tablets I was wondering how to go to the exhibit Is the admission free? Anything else important that I should know would be appreciated I'd be interested in going on a Friday -- Alex J.
Alexandra Jean - Philadelphia Wed, September 29, 2010
also the email doen't seem to work
Alexandra Jean - Wed, September 29, 2010

Hi, Alexandra --

The Rare Book Department offers public tours Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. You can also call Rare Books at 215-686-5416 to set up an appointment to view the "Nineveh" exhibit. Admission is free. We're following up on the email address. Thanks!

Michelle, FLP staff writer Tue, October 05, 2010

I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post
Mon, October 11, 2010

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