Cultural Heritage Imperilled: Ancient Musical Treasures and the Syrian Conflict
The world’s oldest surviving complete musical work, the 3400-year-old Hymn to Nikkal from the Royal Tombs of Ugarit, was long displayed in the National Museum of Damascus. But where is it now? Along with other priceless cuneiform tablets, artworks with musical scenes, and other survivals of ancient Canaanite and Babylonian musical culture, it has disappeared from view. This paper surveys the continuing destruction and disappearance of the cultural heritage of Antiquity in the Syrian Civil War, and the struggle to protect it.
This event is part of a series of colloquia that perpetuates the legacy and cultural impact of Melburnian music patron and publisher Louise Hanson-Dyer (1884–1962), founder of Éditions de l’Oiseau-Lyre, by bringing cutting-edge issues in music research to a public forum for discussion and debate.
Professor Warren Bebbington, University of Melbourne