Skip Content

Professor Andrew George

Ancient Near Eastern Language and Literature, specifically Assyriology
Professor of Babylonian, SOAS, University of London
Andrew George studied Assyriology at the University of Birmingham (1973-79) and for a while kept a public house in Darlaston. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on 'Babylonian Topographical Texts' under the supervision of W. G. Lambert (1985). Since 1983 he has taught Akkadian and Sumerian language and literature at SOAS, University of London, where he is now Professor of Babylonian. His specialisms are Babylonian literature, religion and intellectual culture. He has been elected Honorary Member of the American Oriental Society (2012). He is a former Visiting Professor at the University of Heidelberg (2000), Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2004-5) and Research Associate at Rikkyo University, Tokyo (2009). He was founding chairman of the London Centre for the Ancient Near East (1995-2000) and for seventeen years co-editor of the archaeological journal Iraq (1994-2011). His best-known books are a critical edition of the Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic for OUP (2003) and a prize-winning translation of The Epic of Gilgamesh for Penguin Classics (2000). Most recently he has published four volumes of new texts from cuneiform tablets now in Norway.
Past appointments
  • Lecturer in Ancient Near East Studies, Soas, University Of London, 1985 - 1994
  • Reader in Assyriology, Soas, University Of London, 1994 - 2000
  • Soas, University Of London, 1985 -
  • Professor of Babylonian, University of London, Soas, University Of London, 2000 -
Principal publications
  • Mesopotamian Incantations and Related Texts in the Schøyen Collection 2016
  • Babylonian Topographical Texts 1992
  • House Most High: The Temples of Ancient Mesopotamia 1993
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh: a new translation 1999
  • The Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic: introduction, critical edition, and cuneiform texts 2003
  • Babylonian Literary Texts in the Schøyen Collection 2009
  • Cuneiform Royal Inscriptions and Related Texts in the Schøyen Colection 2011
  • Babylonian Divinatory Texts Chiefly in the Schøyen Collection 2013

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.