Byron & Ashurbanipal in Bristol

I will be back in Bristol for a day next Thursday. Bristol Pride is due up soon, and I have been asked to give a talk at Bristol Central Library. This one will be about how gender is seen differently at different times in history. The blurb is as follows:

Byron and the Lion King

In 1821 Lord Byron wrote a play called “Sardanapalus”. It was about an Assyrian king whose degeneracy and effeminacy caused the downfall of his empire. Byron relied on ancient sources, and thanks to modern archaeology we know that the man he was writing about was Ashurbanipal, the man shown bravely hunting lions on friezes in the British Museum. How did Byron get it so wrong? Or is our understanding of gender in ancient Mesopotamia confused? Cheryl Morgan takes us on a literary detective trail.

I’d love to see some of you there, though obviously it is a day time thing which is difficult if you have to be in an office. I’m afraid it is only in-person, not online. Booking details here. It is free to attend.

2 thoughts on “Byron & Ashurbanipal in Bristol

  1. I enjoyed your not-so-recent post of 2013 Gender future in Science Fiction which I read a few minutes ago. You write well, and eclectically, but keep it cohesive. That is probably an understatement.

    This talk in Bristol sounds fantastic. Wish I could attend instead of being mired in Phoenix, Arizona where I live. I shared your post with others on the wasteland of tumblr where I sometimes find solace.

    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the trans piece. There are so many more trans women writing SF&F now then when I wrote it.

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